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​People In Wuhan Are Using TikTok To Show What Life Is Like During Coronavirus Lockdown

​People In Wuhan Are Using TikTok To Show What Life Is Like During Coronavirus Lockdown

People in Wuhan are using TikTok to show what life is like in the Chinese city, which has been under lockdown since January 2020 due to the outbreak of coronavirus.

One TikTok user called Daniel Ou Yang, 21, has turned himself into a bit of an unlikely star by documenting the daily goings-on, with his bio reading: "Follow me to get updates on my life in lockdown in Wuhan."

Sydney-based, Wuhan-born Daniel had flown home back in January to see his family for the Lunar New Year.

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Young and healthy, initially Daniel wasn't too concerned by the outbreak of coronavirus - that is, of course, until he learnt that his hometown was suddenly on lockdown.

He told the South China Morning Post: "I had no idea of its severity until the morning of the lockdown [on 23 January] when my aunt told me."

Credit: TikTok/@danielouyang
Credit: TikTok/@danielouyang

He recalled how he didn't know what she meant, when she replied: "All public transport, the airport, everything in the city is closed down."

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Daniel, who now has 20,000 followers on TikTok and more than 176,000 likes, continued: "The usually heavily-congested main roads [were] almost empty, all shops downstairs closed, the light rail and all other public transport were not running - it was a ghost town.

"But the scariest part was how people close to me were getting infected and dying."

Daniel eventually started vlogging on TikTok to deal with his boredom, sharing his experience with the world.

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Another TikTok user called Megan Monroe, also 21, has been doing exactly the same - and can be seen cooking, shopping and even volunteering to distribute supplies among the neighbourhood, often dressed in protective clothing.

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Credit: TikTok/@prostage
Credit: TikTok/@prostage

Megan, an American teacher, arrived in Wuhan more than 90 days ago, having since started producing the TikTok videos under the handle @prostage with a supervisor at work.

Megan (who uses the pronoun 'they') told BuzzFeed: "I mostly just want people to know it's not scary."

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"I'm a real person and I'm living here and I'm just continuing on with my life."

Megan, whose account has nearly 43,000 followers and more than 379,000 likes, continued: "People have heard rumours about ... the clouds being black from the government cremating all the secret deaths, and just a bunch of crap. I told them to follow my TikTok if they really wanted to know [what it's like]."

It's okay to not panic. LADbible and UNILAD's aim with our Coronavirus campaign, Cutting Through, is to provide our community with facts and stories from the people who are either qualified to comment or have experienced first-hand the situation we're facing. For more information from the World Health Organisation on Coronavirus, click here.

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Featured Image Credit: TikTok/@danielouyang

Topics: World News, News, Coronavirus

Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]