Within an hour of being informed on March 21 that she had tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus disease, Schoko was in an ambulance on her way to the hospital, carrying some hastily packed clothes, a boxed lunch, and a cup of bubble tea.
It was her first trip in an ambulance and the first time she was being hospitalized, she told CNA in a phone interview.
"I felt like I was in a spaceship, being transported to an alien planet," said Schoko, a Taiwanese in her 30s, who asked to withhold her proper name.
When she arrived at the hospital in New Taipei, she was allowed to walk on her own to a negative pressure isolation room, followed by two cleaners in full protective gear, disinfecting everything in her wake.
That walk was only the first step on a journey that would take 22 days before Schoko could emerge from her "alien planet."
Read more: Focus Taiwan
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