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Columbus residents face risky realities abroad during coronavirus pandemic

Her situation has grown more precarious over time. Last week, she and the fisherman were singled out as foreigners and forced to go to a hospital for a health screening, where their temperatures were taken but no coronavirus test was administered. They were released, but their picture was in a Hindi-language daily newspaper the next day as part of its coronavirus coverage.

As of Thursday, they were hiding from authorities. The author said she hopes to leave the country after the lockdown.

South Side resident and artist LaTosha Matthews, 38, who is attending Goldsmiths, University of London, said panic ensued when a visitor and student tested positive in a campus lodging area.

“They basically told the person that they need to self-isolate,” said Matthews, who is a year and a half away from receiving a master’s degree in fine arts. “Eventually, I think there were about Columbus News seven cases in that building.”

Classes were moved online and Matthews received word that her internship was cancelled. But she is especially concerned about her financial aid.


“I’ve been living off of student loans,” said Matthews, who has yet to receive her next disbursement. “But with all of this going on, I don’t necessarily know if I’m going to get it.”

Matthews had planned to visit family in Columbus in April, but given money issues and global travel restrictions, she is uncertain when she will return.

“It is very tough for me being in a foreign country experiencing this,” she said. “I’m just taking it one day at a time because I don’t want to lose it.”

On March 16, Ohio State University library cataloger Ed Plunkett, 55, and his wife, Emma Young, 46, made it back home from their trip to Glasgow, Scotland, to visit family.

The Westgate couple planned the trip in January, before coronavirus fears began building in the U.S. But that had changed by the time they flew out of Columbus on March 11. Mid-air, they learned that President Donald Trump had suspended travel from Europe to the U.S. — excluding the U.K.

“There were people on the plane who were connecting in London, where we were flying to, and they were going to Paris or Spain,” Plunkett said. “That was just awful for them.”

Plunkett and Young continued to Glasgow, where life went on as normal. People were still in parks and pubs, and children were going to school. But once the travel ban was extended to the U.K. and Ireland, the couple cut their trip short.

“That was a very stressful couple of days after we bought the ticket (home),” Plunkett said. “We only had a certain amount of time to spend with Emma’s father. His health Press Release Distribution Services In Columbus is not great. I think that was the worst part of the trip.”

During their journey home, they had to fill out a health-screening form and get their temperature taken by airport officials wearing protective suits. They were asked if they’d been to Iran or China.

“It was very friendly and nonintrusive,” Plunkett said. “Then we were taken over to another area and given a lecture about what we should be doing for the next two weeks, since we are on self-quarantine now.”

After landing, they immediately went shopping in preparation for hunkering down.


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