Coronavirus – A Perspective from Wuhan


Skyler Shuniu Li, Staff Writer

Coronavirus outbreaks are now a huge difficulty to be faced all over the world. From the beginning, it spread rapidly in Wuhan, China, and now more and more people around the world are infected with the coronavirus, COVID-19. My hometown is Wuhan, and most of my friends, teachers, classmates, and my relatives live in Wuhan. When China first started combating the coronavirus, it immediately decided to close the city of Wuhan. Fever clinics were set up in hospitals all over the country and a home isolation plan was adopted three months ago. In Wuhan, it took only ten days to set up two temporary hospitals for emergency medical care, reducing the spread of the virus through isolation and intensive treatment. 

The people of Wuhan are also very supportive of this decision, which made me see the unity of a country that has seldom appeared before. The people of Wuhan cannot go to other provinces and cities, and their transportation facilities are all banned. Even though I’m not in Wuhan physically, as a young teenager growing up in such a prosperous and lively city, this is the first time I’ve seen almost nobody walking on the streets. Although it is all quiet, neighbors cheer up for one another, and friends talk on social media. Some volunteers wear masks and protective clothing to deliver vegetables to residents in the community. It is pretty hard to imagine when all the people I know are living in a location where this virus originated. This solidarity has had a good impact on Wuhan and China, and the epidemic in Wuhan has now been completely controlled and has not continued to grow. 

I am more concerned about viruses than before because this is undoubtedly a historic crisis and it is difficult to effectively control it. I pay more attention to viruses, and people around me pay more attention to viruses, because we want to face everything that happens with the most appropriate mentality and action. Due to the coronavirus, most schools have been closed and switched to online classes. Students have some unprecedented concerns, such as financial assistance, credits, whether they can go home, and some international students even worry about their visas. Coronavirus outbreaks can also cause significant economic losses. What we did in the past two months in Sandy Spring Friends School before the coronavirus broke out in the United States was that the Chinese Affinity Group started a fundraiser in our community. People in our community were all supported and energetic. We raised over five thousand dollars for the fund and we used this money for about eight thousand N95 face masks. 

As we are following up with the updated coronavirus cases, there have been more than a million people being infected by this virus in the United States. There are undoubtedly fears and worries. As we were advised not to go to densely populated areas during the time when the coronavirus broke out, the best thing to do now is to stay home. We can think about the food and other daily necessities in advance, and make the safest possible plans for the current situation. I think home isolation can be used to effectively reduce the spread of the virus and avoid unnecessary movement of people in the community. When you can’t get out or you are anxious, you can communicate with friends or family members online or do some fun things because it can help ease your emotions.

I hope everyone can take this outbreak virus seriously. What other ways can you recommend to help your community make it through this coronavirus outbreak? How can we help one another during the coronavirus outbreak?