Hundreds of medical staff in Wuhan shave their heads to reduce risk of contagion
UNTV News • February 13, 2020 • 219
Hundreds of doctors and nurses in Wuhan chose to cut their hair short or even shave their heads, to avoid cross-infection when treating coronavirus patients.
Three hairdressers volunteered on Wednesday (February 12) in a hotel, which hosts medical teams that came from other provinces to support hospitals in Wuhan, giving them hair cuts for free.
A representative of the medical team from Xinjiang says that long hair would pose a risk of carrying pathogens when treating patients at an epidemic area.
Many of them made the decision to cut their hair short, or remove their hair altogether including 30 female medical staff who even took the bold step to go bald.
“Normally out of 100 customers, I probably wouldn’t even have one request for shaving head… but in these two days I’ve already shaved many heads,” said Wen Bin, one of the volunteer hairdressers, adding that he admired their spirit of sacrifice during this crisis period.
The novel coronavirus has spread throughout the world since the first case emerged in central China at the end of last year, and the death toll from the outbreak in China reached 1,367 by the end of Wednesday. (Reuters)
Nine people died and hundreds of buildings collapsed in southeastern Turkey on Sunday (February 23) after a magnitude-5.7 earthquake struck near the border with Iran, injuring dozens in villages and towns in both countries, government officials said.
Three of those killed were children and 37 Turks were injured, including nine critically, Turkey’s health ministry said.
The shallow tremor caused more than 1,000 buildings to collapse in Turkey, prompting a brief rescue effort to find those trapped under rubble.
The quake damaged buildings some 90 km (56 miles) to the west in the Turkish city of Van, and to the east in dozens of villages in Iran, where state TV said 75 people were injured including six in hospital, though there were no fatalities.
Crisscrossed by major fault lines, Iran and Turkey are among the most earthquake-prone countries in the world.—Yesim Dikmen via Reuters Connect
Three cured coronavirus patients in south China’s Guangdong Province expressed their appreciation of beating the virus by being the first in their province to donate plasma as a treatment option for other infected patients on February 14.
Initial results have indicated the effectiveness of convalescent plasma-derived therapeutic products in curing infected patients in severe and critical conditions.
One of the donors is 48-year-old and was once in critical condition. After being cured, he found a way to give back.
“My country saved me, so I want to save more people,” said one of the donors.
The only female donor found this to be a great way to show her thanks to the medical staff that assisted in her recovery.
“People helped us a lot, so I want to give back to society. This is an important reason I donated my plasma,” said a female donor.
Based on the high demand of medical supplies to fight the coronavirus outbreak, the third donor saw a way to help his country fight against the epidemic.
“I think this is a way to contribute to society during the coronavirus outbreak,” said another young male donor.
Streets in China’s Wuhan were deserted on Thursday (February 20) after nearly a month in lockdown following a coronavirus outbreak that has now infected some 75,000 people and killed about 2,100.
Most transport in Wuhan, a city of 11 million people, has been suspended and citizens are required to stay at home.
After the city’s borders were closed on January 23 and all incoming and outgoing flights canceled, other nearby cities in Hubei province also implemented their own policies restricting the movement of people.
The lockdown now means residents cannot leave Wuhan, Huanggang, Ezhou and other cities in Hubei province. In other areas of China, such as Shanghai and Beijing, restrictions are in place for smaller communities, such as building blocks or neighborhoods.
Many cities across China have reduced public transport lines and routes, while few have closed inner-city public transport entirely.
Some communities have instituted curfews or only allow people to exit and enter at particular times. In other areas, restrictions mean only a certain number of people from a household can leave their residence at any one time.
China, where the virus emerged in December, reported a sharp drop in new cases but the data was partly attributable to a change in how it diagnoses the virus and the figures could not quell growing alarm about its spread.
China’s National Health Commission reported 1,749 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infections, the lowest daily rise since January 29, while Hubei province – the epicenter of the outbreak – reported the lowest number of new infections since February 11.
The latest figures bring the total number of cases in China to over 74,000 with 2,004 deaths, three-quarters of which have occurred in the Hubei provincial capital of Wuhan.
(Production: Thomas Suen, Fang Nanlin, Iona Serrapica)
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