I remember it was during the last week of January when my American family & friends were all at a dinner table discussing what was then a foreign, “China-contained” new disease called Coronavirus. The virus had infected about ~1000 people worldwide, 500 alone in Wuhan, China, and 1-2 cases in the US. I told the group that just days ago, the Vietnamese government ordered all schools to be closed for the foreseeable future, as would be many “non-essential” public gatherings and businesses. People were on high alert. Masks and hand sanitizers were severely out of stock.
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