VTV1 reporting on Vietnamese ASU students amidst Corona virus outbreak

VTV1 reporting on Vietnamese ASU students amidst Corona virus outbreak


The US has had 26,900 cases positive for Covid-19 Universities have switched to online teaching and learning, advised students to self-isolate at home. Covid-19 has caused a huge impact on learning and daily routines of Vietnamese and international students in the US. Thu Hà is a Vietnamese student who is studying journalism at Arizona State University After the spring break, instead of eagerly going back to school, , she and her friends have to refrain from going outside The widespread and difficult-to-control nature of Covid-19 has disrupted learning and daily life, especially for international students. Obviously, being away from home and relatives when the pandemic is spreading rapidly in the United States makes us very worried. If we are unlucky enough to get sick, despite being covered by insurance, our out-of-pocket costs are also very high. However, a long flight from the US to Vietnam and transit in several countries that are hot spots of the pandemic, also make us more susceptible to the disease. This is also one of the reasons why many international students decide to stay in the US Unlike Hà, Nera Valentic, a Croatian student, quickly packed her luggage to return to her home country. She accepted the risk of being infected on the 22-hour flight, full of passengers, rushing back to Europe, worrying that international routes will temporarily stop operating. I see all cities and states have been blockaded Many American students also have difficulties going home Therefore, it is not difficult to imagine how much more difficult it will be for international students to get back For the students who stayed in the infected areas, they have to find their own way to protect themselves I often wash my hands and this is what I use and wash my hands constantly to protect myself So far, I feel safer to stay here than coming back to my country, Philippines so I think I should stay here and stay safe by staying indoors Arizona now estimates approximately 85 positive cases for the Coronavirus For international students like us, daily shopping is very difficult. For example, you can see a long line queuing to enter Costco supermarket Thus it’s risky for us so we decide not to go to Costco and go to a different place Even if we only buy food every 1-2 weeks, and the supermarket is 20 kilometers away however, avoiding crowds is still the optimal solution to avoid the escalation of the pandemic even when we have to go back empty-handed, we decide to go home I’m not sure if you recognize the lady in the broadcast I saw one of our colleague in VTV, Ms. Thu Ha, who used to be a reporter of Foreign Broadcast Department of VTV4 She is now an overseas student in the US What you just saw was recorded by her phone’s camera thus the sound and quality might not be optimal However, it shows a real slice of life of an overseas student in the US I wish Thu Ha and other overseas students good health and smooth studying progress once the pandemic ends.