“Covid farce”? Chinese kindergarten children wear protective clothing to school?

Source: The Paper

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The white one-piece worn by the children in the video is an inflatable spacesuit that can be seen on shopping platforms such as Taobao and has been featured in media reports many times. The “protective clothing” referred to by Twitter users is more like a misunderstanding or malicious misinterpretation of the appearance of clothing.

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A video recently circulated on Twitter saying that there was a new crown farce in China, and in the name of “for your own health”, kindergarten children were put on a coat that resembled protective clothing.

In the video, a group of children in white jumpsuits line up to walk from outside to indoors.

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Using InVid software to extract the keyframes of the video and put them in Google Images, you can find a post posted in the “Chinatown” forum. On January 4, users with the number “6262748” posted a “[Small Talk] China’s Space Baby” thread on the forum, along with two images, one of which was a screenshot of an online video and the other of an inflatable spacesuit sold on Taobao.

Comparing the content of the picture, it can be roughly judged that the costume worn by the children in the video is this inflatable spacesuit. Searching for “kindergarten inflatable spacesuit” on the Taobao platform can also retrieve a large number of pictures similar to the one-piece suits in the video.

Screenshot of Taobao search page.

Searching around the keywords “kindergarten spacesuit spacesuit” on Chinese social platforms, you can find a video posted by Douyin user @Yisailsmooth on January 10, the text content is displayed as “Invisible!” A bunch of kindergarten kids! Put on a spacesuit! Sports Day Show! So cute! Happy La Ba Day! Combined with the architectural background, clothing, shooting angle and other elements in the video, it can be roughly judged that the video is consistent with the so-called “epidemic prevention” video in Twitter.

Screenshot of @YiSailing’s TikTok video posted on January 10.

The Douyin watermark at the top left of the video shows that the video is from the Douyin 1164460355, which is Douyin user @Ruyi. @Ruyi uploaded a related video on December 29, 2021, and used hashtags such as #GamesPerformance#Spacesuit Cute in the title.

@Ruyi Douyin number screenshot, is the original source of online video.

On January 10, @Ruyi posted a 48-second video on Douyin, showing children wearing the same costumes as those in the video released on the 29th last year from indoor to outdoor to perform on the playground, and said: “I have received a lot of messages from friends these days, and I want to watch more performance videos of the babies, and I collected some to edit.”

Combined with the above information, it can be basically confirmed that the white one-piece worn by the children in the video is an inflatable spacesuit that is used by kindergartens for program performances. The so-called “protective clothing” is more like a misunderstanding or malicious misinterpretation of the appearance of clothing.

On January 10, @Ruyi released a Douyin video again.

In fact, carefully observing the online video, it can be judged from the screen information that there are several doubts about the “epidemic prevention” claim claimed by the online news.

First, not everyone featured in the video was wearing so-called “protective clothing.” At 1 to 2 seconds of the video, an adult woman dressed in green and black pants appears on the far left of the frame, without any “protective equipment”. Between 7 and 9 seconds, there is a woman in black in the upper right frame, next to a group of children of similar height to children in jumpsuits, but in civilian clothes, all without any protection.

A woman in green clothes and black pants appears on the left side of the picture, without any protection.

Second, the video shows that the children are wearing jumpsuits with obvious “armband” elements. According to common sense, a ready-to-take protective clothing should be prioritized for function and efficiency, and sewing armbands on clothing seems to defy ordinary logic.

The one-piece has a distinctive “armband” emblem on the left armband.

And the example of kindergarten children performing in inflatable spacesuits is not uncommon in China. On December 10, 2021, @Sichuan Watch posted a video on Weibo purportedly showing children wearing space suits to enter a sports day after a kindergarten in Zunyi, Guizhou, held a sports day before.

@Sichuan Observation Weibo number screenshot.

China Daily reported that on December 27, 2021, a kindergarten in Changle, Fujian Province held an aerospace parent-child activity, allowing children in small classes to wear “space suits” to appear.

Screenshot of China Daily news.

The spacesuits worn by the children in these videos are very similar to the onesies worn by the children in the Twitter video.

In summary, the news that “China lets children wear protective clothing” to go to school is untrue, and the related video comes from Douyin user @Ruyi, which allegedly shows the picture of kindergarten children participating in the performance of the sports day.

The white jumpsuit worn by the children in the video is an inflatable spacesuit that is quite common on shopping platforms and has been reported in the media many times. The “protective clothing” referred to by Twitter users is more like a misunderstanding or malicious misinterpretation of the appearance of clothing.

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