An elderly woman pushes a child on a scooter at a public park in Beijing on December 19. More than 50 per cent of all Chinese grandparents provide care for their grandchildren, compared with around 4 per cent of American grandparents who do. Photo: AP
An elderly woman pushes a child on a scooter at a public park in Beijing on December 19. More than 50 per cent of all Chinese grandparents provide care for their grandchildren, compared with around 4 per cent of American grandparents who do. Photo: AP
Nancy Qian
Opinion

Opinion

Nancy Qian

China must brace itself for dark Covid winter this Lunar New Year

  • As most developed economies learned years ago, reducing Covid-19 infection rates in high-risk populations takes self-distancing and other proactive measures
  • Such precautions are not an option for too many Chinese households, though, given the elderly’s role in child care and the state of health care in rural China

An elderly woman pushes a child on a scooter at a public park in Beijing on December 19. More than 50 per cent of all Chinese grandparents provide care for their grandchildren, compared with around 4 per cent of American grandparents who do. Photo: AP
An elderly woman pushes a child on a scooter at a public park in Beijing on December 19. More than 50 per cent of all Chinese grandparents provide care for their grandchildren, compared with around 4 per cent of American grandparents who do. Photo: AP
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