People Of Wuhan Share Stories Of Loss And Survival

People Of Wuhan Share Stories Of Loss And Survival

A seafood vendor among the first people infected by the novel coronavirus has a change of heart over what is important in life.To get more news about coronavirus wuhan, you can visit shine news official website.

A doctor who treated some of the first patients still puzzles over why the virus behaves the way it does.A psychologist worries about the deep, lasting emotional strains from the outbreak.A survivor seeks justice for his mother's death, though he knows his lawsuit against the authorities will likely never go to trial.

These are some of the people from Wuhan, China, who lived through the start of what became a pandemic claiming almost half a million lives around the world and counting. Now Wuhan's residents are reflecting back to where it began, including the earliest reported infections, the city's 76-day lockdown, residents' efforts to help each other survive and the government's initial missteps in countering the virus.

The worst is over, say Chinese health authorities. New coronavirus cases in Wuhan have dropped to a handful each week, although they recently resurged in Beijing.

These Wuhan residents say they have not forgotten the weeks of isolation, fear and heartbreak. Here are some of their stories.W. may well be one of the first people in the world to contract the novel coronavirus.

He asked that just his first initial be used because of the sensitivity of discussing the epidemic in China. The authorities have detained people they suspect of criticizing or challenging their version and timeline of the coronavirus response.

The 56-year-old was a seafood vendor at the now-infamous Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan. Chinese authorities closed the open-air market in January after people there had become sick with the new virus.

W. began experiencing flu-like symptoms on Dec. 19. That night, he felt well enough to babysit his two young nephews, sleeping with one under each arm.He tried Chinese herbs and antibiotics on his own, but his fever persisted. On Dec. 30, when his symptoms grew worse and he had difficulty breathing, he was rushed to the Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital in an ambulance.

"The doctors told my family they should prepare for my funeral if my symptoms did not take a turn for the better," W. recalls.

Eventually, after spending 14 days in the hospital, W. recovered. Since then, more than 9.6 million have been confirmed infected worldwide; 489,854 have died, as of early Friday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Like many Wuhan residents, W. is now trying to get back to his life. Huanan vendors are already setting up shop in new markets. (The original market remains barricaded and its contents incinerated, though the building still gave off the pungent musk of seafood when NPR visited in mid-April.)W. believes he picked up the virus from one of his employees who regularly played cards with other Huanan merchants, all of whom were later hospitalized for the virus.

"The coronavirus is like the flu, and when it is flu season, Chinese people get the flu, Americans get the flu," he opined. Yet while there are still many unknowns about COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, doctors have found the illness has significant differences compared with influenza.Now W.'s mind now is on the future. He hopes he can pass on the wholesale seafood business to his 30-year-old son.

He also says the virus has changed his outlook on life. "Money does not seem that important anymore. Having a healthy life is all that matters," W. says. "Before, we would go out of our way to make a buck. Now we no longer wish for much."