China’s White-Suited Health Workers Symbolize Zero COVID’s Failures

COVID-19 testing site in China
A worker wearing a protective suit swabs a woman’s throat at a coronavirus testing site in Beijing, Aug. 26, 2022 (AP photo by Mark Schiefelbein).

At the early onset of the pandemic, the robot Baymax became an unlikely pandemic folk hero, on account of his strong resemblance to the protective gear worn by Chinese health care volunteers. But the suits have now become symbolic of Beijing’s top-down pandemic control measures—and the public’s frustration with them.

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