Checking in with Tony Hegg and family in China

When the global coronavirus pandemic began in 2020, WTIP reached out to a former Cook County resident who was living in Shanghai, China, Tony Hegg, to see how he was faring. We’ve checked in with him several times throughout the pandemic to talk about the differences in how the coronavirus situation has been handled in China and here in the United States. With all eyes on China during the 2022 Olympic games in Beijing through February 20, WTIP decided to check in with the North Shore expatriates once again.

Tony and his wife, Jessica Vega now have a 15-month-old son, Wylan, who was born in October 2020. They have adjusted to life in the country that has a vastly different way of handling COVID-19 outbreaks.

WTIP’s Rhonda Silence spoke with Tony about what it was like having a child in a foreign country during a pandemic and what day-to-day life is like in Shanghai at this time. Here’s their conversation.