Long time friend and former colleague, Darren ‘Butch’ Burchall joined millions in what is now a masked community in what he described as a coronavirus panic in China.
The well known Bermudian resides with his wife in Shenzhen, where he works, which is right on the boarder of Hong Kong.
When contacted by Bermuda Real on Thursday he said it was literally “panic overnight”.
“The whole city began wearing face masks,” he said.
“People are going about their day-to-day lives as normal but there has been a noticeable increase in people wearing masks.
“We went across the boarder to Hong Kong yesterday and even over there everyone had started wearing masks.
“If you cough everyone looks at you,” he added.
“It’s Chinese New Year and it’s the only time that the labour force actually have a long holiday, so the train stations are jammed packed.
“Everyone leaves the cities where they work to go home to their local towns.”
Asked whether or not he was fearful or worried about this deadly virus, he said: “I am a bit concerned and we’re just going to stay home.
“We are off for three weeks for Chinese New Year celebrations and we’ve got a holiday booked to Boracay, so I’m a bit worried about getting on a plane.”