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又中又英|Epicenter

又中又英|Epicenter

2022-01-05

New York is again the epicenter of the US coronavirus pandemic, this time because of the Omicron variant. It was the epicenter last year when the pandemic spread from Wuhan to the rest of the world. At that time I was in Hong Kong, far away from the US epicenter of the pandemic. I now live in New York City’s Manhattan. Never in my lifetime would I have guessed I would be in ground zero, or the epicenter, during this new wave of the US pandemic. The word “epicenter” can be used in several ways. It can mean the point of the earth’s surface above an earthquake or nuclear explosion.

It can also be used to describe a place with the highest level of activity. New York has the highest level of Omicron in the US. That’s why it’s the epicenter of the US pandemic again. The expression “ground zero” has a similar meaning. The original meaning of ground zero is the site of a nuclear explosion but it is now used to describe the site of a violent event. The site of the 9/11 attack is called ground zero. It can be used to describe where something important happens. It is important that New York is where Omicron is spreading the fastest in the US. The expression “never in my lifetime would I have guessed” means I would never have guessed something would happen.

I never guessed I would be in New York when it once again became the epicenter, or ground zero, of the pandemic. Hong Kong friends have asked me to stay safe. I thanked them and said I know how to stay safe. I wear the Korean version of N95 facemasks and avoid crowded indoor and outdoor places. I go for long walks in Manhattan’s beautiful Central Park for exercise. If I am not exercising outdoors I hunker down at home. The expression “hunker down” means to stay in a comfortable place for a long time to be safe.

 

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