My Anecdotal Experience on the Lack of Hygiene in China

Fish out in the market

In 2014 I went to Zhengzhou, China. It was the dirtiest place I had ever been to in my life. It does not surprise me that one of the world’s deadliest pandemics originated from the country.

Where do I start? The markets are dirty. There is trash everywhere. People are walking around coughing and spitting on the sidewalk. This is normal behavior, no one bats an eye.

There was smog everywhere.

There are no health standards for food. Someone I was eating with pulled a very large hair out of her soup. The open-air markets are pretty dirty, but I did not see any strange meat like dog or pangolin.

Most people I saw had gray or black teeth.

The hospital was a nightmare. I had to give a urine sample and they give you a tiny thimble which could easily spill. Then they have you put it on a tray with rows and rows of these thimbles. You have to be careful or else you could spill someone else’s urine on you. This was the standard medical practice there.

Hygiene is non-existent. I asked people in Zhengzhou where I could get tooth floss and they did not know what it was.

There is trash everywhere. People throw their garbage behind them. It wouldn’t surprise me if they threw around hazardous materials like this.

Some people might accuse me of racism for saying this, but it is my truth. I saw it. It is probably the case in many places in China.