Wuhan. What does life look like in a completely closed city with millions? Many people are currently asking themselves this question. There are few real insights. While the state media shows confident people with face masks who pass the time playing card games or mahjong, there are worrying photos and videos on the Internet showing overcrowded hospitals, body bags that pile up in vans and people that are used by the authorities with brute force Homes are being dragged.
But what about people’s fate? More than eleven million people live in Wuhan alone. We have compiled some stories from this metropolis of millions.
Mom is a heroine
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Little Youyou is five years old and adores his mother. For him, she is a superhero who fights evil every day. And it does. Lu Jingjing is actually a doctor at the Wuhan Children’s Hospital. Now she works in a mobile hospital that takes care of patients infected with the Sars-2 CoV coronavirus. On February 4th, she left home. Since then, she has not been able to hug her five-year-old son and daughter. But at least Youyou and his mother Lu can see each other in video chat every day. The five-year-old asks the same question every day: “Mom, how many viruses did you defeat today?”
Baby sitter in protective suit
The picture is strange. But what these two doctors are doing is great. In full protective gear – breathing mask, protective suit and gloves – they sacrificially look after two children. The parents of the two are in quarantine and have been infected with the corona virus. The doctors feed the children, put them to bed and calm them down when they cry. The video spread rapidly on the Internet and triggered a wave of gratitude for all doctors, nurses and nurses who work at the limit in times of the corona virus.
Tens of thousands of people are currently in quarantine for the corona virus. The first seven of them were now allowed to leave Huoshenshan Hospital in Wuhan, which was pounded out in just ten days. Because they are healthy. Completely healthy after getting infected with Sars-2-CoV. They had been treated by the hospital. With nutritional therapy, psychological care and rehabilitation measures, as “China Daily” reported. These seven are now allowed to go home to their families. Many more are still waiting in the 1000 beds of the Huoshenshan Hospital.
Tears in the lunch break
It is not only the infected who are struggling with the new corona virus. The life of medical personnel and law enforcement officers in particular is affected by the lung disease Covid-19. This video of a young auxiliary police officer spread like wildfire in China. He is just 21 years old and is at the very beginning of his professional career. Wei Jia, the young man’s name, was in action for the Chinese New Year. Since then he has not been able to return home. He is also affected by the quarantine. During his lunch break, the video shows him wiping tears from his face. It is not clear whether they flow from homesickness, fear of the virus or too much stress. But the video shows the human side of the Chinese authorities.
From Zimbabwe to Wuhan
Munyaradzi Gurure is 21 years old. He actually studies at the University of Finance and Economics in Guangxi. He has been in China for three years now and feels almost at home. Instead of finance and economy, Munyaradzi is now concerned with disinfectants and fever tests. He volunteered to help fight Covid-19 lung disease. At a train station, he does his less glamorous work, sprays disinfectants, makes sure that passengers wear breathing masks and measures fever. His parents are worried in distant Zimbabwe. As the number of infections increased, they wanted their 21-year-old son to come home. But he didn’t want to: “The country has taken good care of me in the past three years. Now it’s my turn, “said the African.
“I love you forever”
Love knows no borders. This couple cannot separate the lung disease Covid-19 from each other. Both have been infected with the Sars-2 CoV coronavirus. But it cannot separate it. Even if the 87-year-old man is in another ward, he picks up his IV bag and visits his wife. He feeds his weakened sweetheart in a touching manner and supplies them with water. The corona virus is particularly dangerous for weak and elderly people. Who knows how long the two will have together.
Infected. And mother of a healthy child.
Lung disease Covid-19 is primarily transmitted by droplet infections through close contact with those who cough and sneeze. But mothers can also transmit the virus to their unborn children. In early February 2020, for example, a woman gave birth to a baby that tested positive for coronaviruses 30 hours after birth. The child’s condition was not life-threatening, but it did suffer from inflammation of the lungs and slightly abnormal liver function. For every pregnant woman who is infected with the Sars-2-CoV coronavirus, the thought of transmitting the virus to her child is depressing. There was a happy ending for a 33-year-old from Shaanxi Province. After a long worry she could hold her healthy baby in her arms.
“I am always there for you”
A mother would do anything to appreciate her family. So also this young woman. Xianoting Wang works in the hospital in Wuchang, a district of Wuhan. Fearing to be infected with the Sars-2 CoV coronavirus, she isolated herself from her family. She lives in a hotel and only speaks to her family via video chat. Every night at 3 a.m. she makes her way to the night shift. Her husband Yinghe offered to take her to work at least by car. But she didn’t want that either, as shanghai.ist reports. The risk of getting infected would be too great. For this reason, Yinghe has decided to slowly drive her behind her and light her the way with the headlights. So he can be with her at least a bit.
Seniors donate everything they have
It seems like a big hero story. Seniors donate all their savings to charities to help fight Covid-19 lung disease. However, it’s a tragic heroic story. The 87-year-old Ni Suying donated 200,000 yen to a community center in Chongqing, southwest China, the equivalent of just under 27,000 euros. She saved for 30 years. She lives alone. In a rented one-room apartment. Her small pension is enough for that. Ultimately, she had the chance to help people in need with her savings. This magnanimity sparked discussions on social media. Should nonprofits reject the money? Charity should help people in need – and not bring people in need.
A virus makes no difference
The Sars-2 CoV coronavirus can affect anyone. Whether poor or rich, man or woman, old or young. Children are also affected. They do not understand what is going on, why they are isolated and are no longer allowed to go outdoors. It was the same with a 14-month-old boy from Hubei Province. After struggling with diarrhea for six days and vomiting all the time, he came to the hospital. The diagnosis: he suffered from the lung disease Covid-19. The boy was the first patient to be in a life-threatening condition because of the coronavirus. Less than three weeks later, he is allowed to leave the isolation and the clinic. Healthy.
What is really going on in Wuhan?
There are numerous reports on how things should look in China, especially in Wuhan. Some speak of government cover-ups, others of fake news and conspiracy theories. Human rights activist Jennifer Zeng records their Twitter channel a pretty frightening picture. The Chinese government’s top priority is not people’s health, but propaganda.