Wuhan – the scar is healing

ChinaA year after the Wuhan government decided to blockade the entire city, the people returned to normal life, forgetting Covid-19.

In Wuhan, the days of the blockade because of Covid-19 are far back. People continue to live a normal life, and at the same time remind each other not to “forget the pain after the scar has healed”.

A year ago, the Wuhan government’s decision to blockade became a warning to the world about the dangers of nCoV. Now, the “new normal” situation foreshadows the post-pandemic prospect, where people are relieved by not having to wear masks, conducting meetings and traveling.

The Wuhan people enjoy everyday pleasures that a year ago were seen as a threat. They went to Jianghan shopping street. Office workers jostled for seats on the subway. Riverside restaurants, bars, karaoke are gradually bustling. This is a utopian picture last year, even more utopian for the rest of the world still in pandemic.

On the rocky outcrops and concrete podiums on the banks of the Yangtze River, “Qingshan Swimming Club” is active again. Members, mostly retirees, swim daily into the deep water where late President Mao Zedong swam. During the blockade period, the club gathered. Only a few people tried to sneak out.

“Let’s all gain weight. I weighed more than 5 kg after being stuck at home for a few months,” Song Datong, a retired bus driver, told his friends. Of the 300 swimmers club members, none were infected with nCoV. “Maybe it’s because of their health,” Song said.

In the midst of the cold, the Yangtze River, the lifeblood of the city, still attracts people to swim, play the saxophone and date. “Wuhan is currently the safest city in the country. We will not get sick,” said Mr. Song.

Wuhan people exercise on the banks of the Yangtze River. Image: NY Times

But behind a happy city in the “new normal” mode, many families are still suffering, struggling in the shadow of Covid-19. They have found no place in the government’s triumph and future plans. Some cling to the mementos of the deceased. Others are trying to forget painful memories.

Zhu Tao, a 44-year-old worker in the Wuhan neighborhood, suffered a serious disease outbreak. He is still angry after the death of his 84-year-old aunt with nCoV. He believes that a cousin also passed away from the disease, although the death certificate indicated that the cause of death was a bacterial lung infection.

“The Wuhan people feel that the scar has healed and they gradually forget about the pain. But in reality, they are in a situation where the scar has not healed forget the pain,” Zhu said. He took a year off from work because he feared the virus would return.

Zhang Wenhong, director of the Department of Infectious Diseases, Huashan Hospital, Shanghai, one of the country’s most famous medical specialists, warned the world would face a ‘protracted battle’ against Covid-19, said even without a complete blockade. He compared efforts to contain the current epidemic with “catching rats in a porcelain shop”.

The warning comes as China continues to record sporadic outbreaks, mainly concentrated in the north and northeast of the country. The National Health Commission reported more than 80 new cases of nCoV on December 24, including 65 in the community.

Photo commemorating the anti-epidemic time of Wuhan medical staff.  Photo: NY Times

Photo commemorating the anti-epidemic time of Wuhan medical staff. Image: NY Times

“NCoV is slowly taking over the planet, becoming a resident virus. After a year, it continues to mutate. We have seen the virus spread faster, but its virulence has not diminished,” said Zhang. This shows that humanity needs to prepare for a long war “.

In November 2020, WHO emergency health program director, Mike Ryan, said the world is at risk of facing another pandemic in the future if it is “forgotten” and not learned from the crisis. Covid-19.

“I have seen oblivion after a traumatic event. This is understandable. But if we continue to do so, like after the pandemic SARS, H5N1, H1N1, continue to ignore reality and risks. From emerging pathogens, we are likely to experience the same or worse situation again, “he warns.

The name Wuhan, more than a year now famous worldwide, is the first place to record nCoV infections and since then broke out, spread globally with more than 20 million cases, more than 2 million people died. by first respiratory disease: Covid-19.

Thuc Linh (According to the NY Times, SCMP)


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