Dr. Li Wenliang, a 33-year old Ophthalmologist, died from the novel coronavirus on February 7 at the Wuhan Central Hospital in Hubei, where he worked. Dr. Li had risen to light in recent weeks when he tried to warn, and spread awareness, on social media about a reported illness related to SARS in December. He was quickly reprimanded by the Wuhan police for “spreading rumors” and was dubbed a “rumormonger.” Dr. Li was forced to sign a statement taking back his claims, along with seven others. Since then the Supreme People’s Court said the claims were not entirely false and they (the eight individuals) “should not have been punished.” "It might have been a fortunate thing if the public had believed the 'rumors' then and started to wear masks and carry out sanitization measures, and avoid the wild animal market," China’s top court social media account said on February 4. He was considered a hero for releasing information about the epidemic during the early stages by Zeng Guang, China Center for Disease Control’s chief scientist. Dr. Li started showing signs of the virus on January 8 after coming into contact with a patient who tested positive for the novel coronavirus. He was hospitalized on January 12. Dr. Li posted videos and messages on his social media accounts during his quarantine, with the intention of returning to work after he recovered. He went into critical condition on February 6 before dying early February 7. His death sparked outrage on social media with questions on what would have happened if the public was made aware of the virus sooner and demands for freedom of speech.
As mass fear sets in around the world, events and social activities are severely limited to prevent spreading the novel coronavirus. Those who did not escape China for Chinese New Year are more than likely going out of their minds due to a lack of social stimulation. Do not look at this as a disadvantage but as an opportunity to focus on YOU. Here is a list of things to do while waiting out the outbreak. Start vlogging. You are in China; the internet will believe anything you say. Work on your fitness. A healthy body is needed during this time of year. Since being stuck at home is like being in prison, you might as well have the body to go with it. Read a book. A healthy body should be one with a healthy mind. Now is the chance to crack open a book on your growing reading list. Study the latest outbreak film. Purely for educational purposes, watch the latest (or a classic) outbreak film and take notes on the do's and do not's that occur. Have a staycation. Do not be afraid to don your protective mask and go out into the world and relax at a luxury hotel. Rates are low at this time, but be aware that some of the facilities (pool and gym) might not be open. Go for a walk. Sounds boring at first and you will have to whip out your protective breathing apparatus to brave the streets, but the parks are still open and emptier than usual. This is an opportunity to practice your zombie walk. Study Chinese. You have been saying you want to learn for years. Now is the chance. If you do not learn now, you never will... Make a DIY mask. We have seen thrifty people use items from bras to orange peels. Discover how many items in your home can double as a mask and let us know... hmm... "let us," "lettuce?" Make a list of countries you can not go to right now. On a serious note, there are some countries that are limiting entry to people coming from China at this moment. Why not be prepared and make a list. Have a Corona party. No, not like a chicken pox party. Invite the few friends you have left in town over for a Corona (beer) and lime party and do numbers 1 to 9 on the list.
Guangdong is under a Level 1 public health emergency, which was issued on January 23, closing many public areas, bars and restaurants to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which is a global health emergency as declared by the WHO on January 30. The Spring Festival holiday has been extended to February 9 for businesses by the Guangdong Central Government, and primary and secondary schools are closed until February 17 and universities are closed until February 24. Temperature checkpoints at grocery stores and travel hubs (subways, train stations and airports) are in place. People are urged to follow basic hygiene guidelines, such as washing their hands, covering their mouth when coughing or sneezing and wearing a surgical mask when in public to prevent the spread of germs. SCROLL DOWN TO READ OFFICIAL NOTICE BY DG FOREIGN AFFAIRS BUREAU Six hospitals in Dongguan are designated to treat the virus according to the Dongguan Bureau of Foreign Affairs. So far, no city in Guangdong will close its borders the Guangdong Provincial Government said in a press conference; however, for those traveling to Hong Kong a partial border closing is in place. Trains from Mainland China to Hong Kong are on hold starting January 30 until further notice and flights are reduced by half. Other crossings such as Lowu and Lok Ma Chau are scheduled to remain open. As of January 30, there were a total of 7,818 reported cases, 7,736 in China, according to the World Health Organization. Official Notice From DG Bureau of Foreign Affairs In response to the outbreak of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Guangdong Province has activated a Level I public health emergency response since 23rd January. Dongguan Municipal Government has mobilized resources and is engaging in prevention and control efforts. Your health and confidence are important to us, so we are reaching out to you. We recommend the following practices to all of Dongguan’s international residents: I. Do not trust unverified information. Follow official updates only. Follow “DG_WJJ” and “dgjkzx” (official WeChat accounts run by Dongguan Health Bureau and Dongguan Center for Disease Prevention and Control) for the most recent updates. Check out the list of designated hospitals in Dongguan, and look for prevention and treatment guides. If you have any questions, please call the inquiry hotline: 12345 (Dongguan Municipal Government Hotline).II. Increase prevention and self-protection. Keep good hygiene by washing your hands often with soap or alcohol-based sanitizer. Cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue or your flexed elbow. No spitting. Dispose of used masks appropriately. Maintain proper ventilation and keep rooms clean. Avoid close contact with wild animals or birds; eggs and meat must be thoroughly cooked before consumption. The general guidelines for avoiding cold viruses apply to coronavirus: get enough sleep, drink plenty of water, and exercise regularly to maintain your health. III. Minimize outdoor activities. Avoid crowded places, parties and group activities. Correctly wear a mask (preferably, a surgical mask) if you have to go and attend one. Wear a surgical mask when going out and change it every four hours. Staff members from shopping malls, marketplaces, hotels and buses should wear masks. If you have mild to severe respiratory symptoms of fever, cough, breathing difficulty, or fatigue, please go to a designated hospital with a mask on. IV. Join in our mass prevention and control efforts. If you have been to the infected areas and returned to Dongguan within 14 days, or if you contacted people who are from the epidemic area, please monitor your health condition closely, stay at home, and timely report to local Disease Control authorities or designated departments. Please cooperate with government or community personnel or medical staff if they inquire about your condition. Feel free to contact Dongguan Center for Disease Prevention and Control (during working hours) at 0769-22625392 or the 24-hour emergency hotline of each township. We appreciate your support and cooperation and wish you good health and a happy Lunar New Year. Dongguan Bureau of Foreign Affairs January 29, 2020