Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Uncategorized

Exhausted and Infected: Thousands of Chinese Doctors Are Risking Their Lives to Fight Coronavirus

Medical workers in Wuhan are facing hellish conditions on the front lines of the fight against coronavirus, hobbled by shortages of vital protective equipment as the virus ravages their ranks. One infected nurse at Wuhan Central Hospital wrote on the Chinese social messaging app Weibo this week that around 150 of her colleagues had confirmed…

Exhausted and Infected: Thousands of Chinese Doctors Are Risking Their Lives to Fight Coronavirus

Medical workers in Wuhan are facing hellish conditions on the front lines of the fight against coronavirus, hobbled by shortages of vital protective equipment as the virus ravages their ranks.

One infected nurse at Wuhan Central Hospital wrote on the Chinese social messaging app Weibo this week that around 150 of her colleagues had confirmed or suspected cases of the virus, with the afflicted staff housed on an entire floor of the hospital.

She said the constant fear of contaminating her colleagues meant she would hold her breath when they came to check on her.

“I’m afraid the virus inside my body will come out and infect these colleagues who are still standing fast on the front line,” she wrote.

The heavy toll on medical staff battling the outbreak was acknowledged by the Chinese government Friday, when it revealed that more than 1,700 Chinese medical workers have been infected and six have died.

READ: The coronavirus outbreak just got much, much worse

Speaking at a news conference, Zeng Yixin, deputy director of the National Health Commission, pledged to provide more support to medical staff, amid reports of shortages of vital protective gear for medics battling to contain the outbreak.

“The duties of medical workers at the front are indeed extremely heavy; their working and resting circumstances are limited, the psychological pressures are great, and the risk of infection is high,” said Zeng. He said that nearly 90 percent of the infected medics were in Hubei province, whose capital, Wuhan, is the epicenter of the outbreak.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Zeng promised Friday the government would “tangibly improve the work conditions of front-line medical workers,” amid reports of shortages of critical protective equipment such as face masks, protective suits, and goggles in hospitals in Wuhan.

Hospitals in the city have repeatedly appealed for donations of equipment, with some reportedly reduced to making improvised protective suits out of garbage bags.

READ: Here’s how coronavirus spreads from bats to humans

Page 1 of 2
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Copyright © 2020 Tribune Media LLC