Chengdu, China – Scrambled eggs with tomatoes – that’s the first dish coronavirus survivor Yangyang, 28, made for herself after being discharged from No 7 Hospital in Wuhan, in Hubei province – the epicentre of the outbreak in China.
“This is the first time I thought eggs were so delicious,” Yangyang wrote on social media. “All the other friends who are still fighting in the hospitals – I can’t wait to see you all very soon!”
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After escaping what she describes as a near-death experience, Yangyang is now one of the estimated 14,000 people in mainland China who has beaten the virus.
Despite the number of infections reaching almost 75,000 on Wednesday, some reassuring news is finally emerging out of China – that a growing number of people can and do survive the illness.
On Monday, the World Health Organization chief, Tedros Adhanom, had also said that based on Chinese medical data, four out of five patients in mainland China have mild symptoms and are expected to recover.
“I hope this trend offers people battling the disease across the country a beacon of hope and the courage to continue the fight,” Yangyang said.
However, there is still a mammoth gap between the rates of recovery in Hubei compared with other provinces.
In other Chinese provinces, the recovery rate has been steadily climbing to nearly 40 percent as of Wednesday, whereas the rate for Hubei is still below 15 percent.
Yangyang’s road to recovery, like many others in Wuhan, was anything but smooth.
Just over two weeks ago, on February 2, she posted a plea for help on Weibo, China’s social media platform.
Both Yangyang and her father were infected with the virus, but due to the severe shortage of hospital beds, the facility turned them both away on multiple occasions.
“I’m helpless! Helpless!” she wrote on social media.
“No RNA test kits were available at the beginning and after almost a week, I finally got the test and received a positive result, then the hospital said I needed two consecutive positive results to be admitted!”
“I don’t know what to do! We don’t want to die!” she continued.
Luckily, her post worked in her favour. After her social media post garnered widespread attention, she received a phone call instructing her to proceed to Wuhan No 7 Hospital for her treatment. Two days later, her father was also admitted.
Grateful for help
During her treatment, she said the hospital was crammed to the gills so she had to share the ward with five other patients. But she said she did not mind.
“I was super-grateful that I could get a bed already, so why would I even complain about the packed wards?” she told Al Jazeera.
But Yangyang worried about the others who were sick who were not as lucky as her.