Despite the number of infections reaching almost 75,000 on Wednesday, some reassuring news is finally emerging out of China – that a growing number of people can and do survive the illness.
An estimated 14,000 people in mainland China who has beaten the virus.
However, there is still a mammoth gap between the rates of recovery in Hubei compared with other provinces.
In other Chinese provinces, the recovery rate has been steadily climbing to nearly 40 percent as of Wednesday, whereas the rate for Hubei is still below 15 percent.
Severe Shortage Of Hospital Beds:
A survivor Yangyang made scrambled eggs with tomatoes – the first dish for herself after being discharged from No 7 Hospital in Wuhan, in Hubei province.
After escaping what she describes as a near-death experience, Yangyang said, “I hope this trend offers people battling the disease across the country a beacon of hope and the courage to continue the fight.”
Yangyang’s road to recovery, like many others in Wuhan, was anything but smooth.
Just over two weeks ago, on February 2, she remembered posting a plea for help on Weibo, China’s social media platform.
Both Yangyang and her father were infected with the virus, but due to the severe shortage of hospital beds, the facility turned them both away on multiple occasions.
“No RNA test kits were available at the beginning and after almost a week, I finally got the test and received a positive result, then the hospital said I needed two consecutive positive results to be admitted!”
“I don’t know what to do! We don’t want to die!” she wrote on social media.
Luckily, her post worked in her favour and garnered widespread attention, she received a phone call instructing her to proceed to Wuhan No 7 Hospital for her treatment. Two days later, her father was also admitted.
During her treatment, she said the hospital was crammed to the gills so she had to share the ward with five other patients. But she said she did not mind.
“I was super-grateful that I could get a bed already, so why would I even complain about the packed wards?”
But Yangyang worried about the others who were sick who were not as lucky as her.
Peng, a 34-year-old woman who preferred to be identified only by her family name, was one of those who did not get treatment early enough.
She first developed symptoms on January 27 but only got admitted to hospital a week later after displaying breathing problems.
When she checked into the ward, she actually thought she might not make it.
But after getting intensive care, her condition stabilised. And two weeks later she was discharged – after testing negative for the virus twice.
Some who did not manage to get admitted would get daily injections at the facility.
Wu Junkang, a 47-year-old man from Wuhan, tested positive for the virus on February 4. Failing to find a hospital bed, he self-quarantined himself immediately.
During his 14 days at home, he would go to Wuhan Hankou Hospital for injections every day before the doctor told him to stop going – he had beaten the virus.
“I was a bit surprised at first because according to my CT scan, there are still signs of infection on my right lung,” Wu said.
“But my doctor told me that since I no longer have symptoms and have tested negative for my virus RNA test, I can go home and let my own immune system fight off the infection.”
A number of people who had recovered said that doctors in Hubei would routinely turn those who only displayed mild signs of the disease away.
The doctor, who requested anonymity, also said all patients, who self-quarantined and had recovered, must stay at home for a further 14 days. But they are required to report to a doctor immediately should any symptoms return.