It’s hard to overestimate how much Covid-19 has changed life in China over the past few weeks. In a country that rarely leaves the office, most of the population has been on remote work for three weeks and counting. The question now is what will go back to normal in a few weeks or months, and what will be the lasting effects.

As discussed on the China Tech Investor and China Tech Talk podcasts, and explored extensively by our reporters, the outbreak is creating an immediate impact on many of the products and services China has taken for granted. Understanding what is happening now is the key to figuring out what China will look like once this is all over.

Bottom line: SARS-CoV-2 (the virus) and Covid-19 (the disease the virus causes) show no signs of going away any time soon. It could be until June for things to go back to normal, and even then, we’re still not sure what the new normal will look like. 

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John Artman is the Editor in Chief for TechNode, the leading English information source for news and insight into China’s tech and startups, and co-host of the China Tech Talk podcast, a regular discussion... More by John Artman