It was during Tet holiday (lunar new year), the last two weeks of January, while everyone was either with family, relaxing or on holiday, when the COVID-19 outbreak was announced. On the Sunday before schools were supposed to reopen, with only a few cases here in Vietnam, we were told that schools would remain closed to prevent the spread of the virus.

My sister Mary works in an international school and started online teaching her students, but as I worked in a public school with 40-50 students per class, this wasn’t an option. Luckily, I got an online job teaching children in China. It’s only now, over three months later, that schools are beginning to slowly reopen.