The New York Times

The New York Times 4 Feb 2020

How Residents in Wuhan Are Coping With Coronavirus


Authorities sealed off Wuhan, the Chinese city of 11 million at the center of the coronavirus outbreak. Residents told us how they are coping.

Healthcare systems around the world are under stress. Rising numbers of COIVD-19 patients are seeking treatment, pushing hospitals to the brink of collapse. But if you look closely, there are differences. In the US, healthcare is largely privatized. In an effort to cut costs, many hospitals have reduced staff and stretched resources that are now urgently needed. Many clinics are overwhelmed. The same goes for countries like Italy and Spain which were burdened with severe austerity measures after the last financial crisis. State-run healthcare systems, on the other hand, are proving to be more robust to deal with the crisis, some experts say. In many countries, this has sparked a discussion about whether healthcare should be a public good run by the state or a business model.
France has become the fourth country in the world to register more than 10,000 coronavirus-linked deaths.
It now has more than 110,000 reported cases of the virus.
Across Europe health systems are struggling to cope.
Al Jazeera's Paul Brennan reports.
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This is Wuhan, the city that officials
say is the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak.
We reached residents inside Wuhan,
who have been cut off from the outside world for days,
to find out how they are coping.
They’re wearing masks to conceal
part of their identities for fear of persecution
for speaking out.
A patient, who spoke to us by audio,
told us about his struggle to receive treatment.
Mr. Liu recovered at home, and is feeling better now.
Some blame the government for mismanaging the situation …
… but they remain hopeful as citizens step up to help.

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