Burnt out health workers prepare for the worst in coronavirus epicenter Wuhan I NTDTV

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  • Published on:  Monday, February 10, 2020
  • Qinqin, a hospital worker in #coronavirus epicenter #Wuhan, has written a will in case anything unexpected happens as she toils to fight off the deadly virus that has brought the city to a standstill.

    The hospital administrator has not had a day off since the Lunar New Year more than two weeks ago when the outbreak pushed hospitals across the city to breaking point.

    On any given day, around 600 patients would flock to the hospital where Qinqin (not her real name) works to seek diagnosis and treatment for the virus. She would often not leave the hospital until midnight.

    About 70 frontline medical workers at Qinqin’s hospital have contracted the virus, she told NTD. One of her colleagues, a man just over 30 years old, collapsed on the ground while working on Feb. 5. He later tested positive for the coronavirus.

    A photo of a PowerPoint slide widely circulated over the internet, reportedly taken during a recent provincial-level coronavirus response conference, showed that 13 major hospitals in Hubei Province—the region that houses Wuhan City—had at least 15 medical workers who contracted the virus. One hospital had 101 infected health workers.

    “It may be just a single slip: a face mask not adjusted right, or hands not washed properly, but the consequence is grim,” Qinqin said.
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