Wuhan Jan. 26, 2020, 00:30 a.m. I’m on my way to the night shift My family doesn’t want me driving by myself Hu Xuejun nurse of Respiratory Ward I of Wuhan Pulmonary Hospital late at night So, my dad is driving me there I don’t want him to get tired though Wuhan: My Diary of “Combating” Coronavirus Here we are Wuhan Pulmonary Hospital Bye Take care of yourself -Okay. -Take care Okay, bye Drive safe, bye Our department started receiving coronavirus patients from Jan. 6 or 7 I’m all suited up now Ready to go in there now Back then, our department was entrusted with this critical task The whole department was altered into a temporary isolation ward Time for the drip Time for the drink What? -It’s my drink. -It’s your drink? But you can’t drink it It’s five in the morning Hu Xuejun nurse of Respiratory Ward I of Wuhan Pulmonary Hospital I just came out of the isolation ward My colleagues are taking the shift Now I can show you the marks on my face and forehead These are all caused by the masks, the goggles the facial shields and hoods of the protection suits We are wearing them for too long I think it’ll take quite a while to go away These are for the patients, take it These are breakfast for the patients We have porridge steamed buns with stuffing, plain steamed buns and eggs This is what we do to avoid contamination We’re passing things on from section to section like this My colleagues are having breakfast after their night shift These are free breakfast provided by the canteen Bed no.46, viral pneumonia A new patient with Type II diabetes Admitted yesterday at 16:33 As far as I know our hospital has admitted over 80 confirmed cases for treatment (by Jan. 28, 2020) More than 10 of them were cured and discharged We usually wear three layers of gloves The goggles get blurred easily We just need to put a thin layer of handwash on them We’re not wearing glasses though, is that better? The goggles get blurred still -So, they don’t get blurred like this. -Exactly Go! Ying! It’s actually very sweltering in this protection suit It’s completely airtight and we normally wear them for three or four hours Help check my face, is it all covered? All good What are you carrying? Please introduce it I’m carrying “Cupid” It’s a respiratory protection system with air filter powered by electricity Check bed no. 46 for me on the blood sugar before and after meals The walkie talkies are to communicate between nurses and doctors inside the isolation wards and out in the nurses’ station Ready to go A full cart of fluid infusion for the patients We have marks on the wards We put the patients who are tested positive on the virus nucleic acid in the same ward The door is locked from outside The patients can only move around inside the ward They can’t go out to the corridor Time for the drip Is it harder to find the vein with three layers of gloves? It’s very hard But you still got it on the first try It’s showing great skills How are you feeling today? I’m feeling better and better everyday That means our treatment is taking effect on you Right Great, have a good rest Tell us anytime if you have any problem, okay? Thank you so much When patients are discharged I feel extremely happy It makes me feel that no matter how hard and tiring it is it’s worth it With a grateful heart Coronavirus patients under treatment in the isolated ward we are grateful to you Let us together fight against this We will be okay Wuhan! Stay strong! Thank you! Angels in white!