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China completed building on Sunday a massive, makeshift hospital in Wuhan that will serve as the frontline in battling the coronavirus epidemic, according to a report.
Huoshenshan Hospital was built in less than two weeks to treat patients at the epicenter of the virus that has killed more than 300 people, BBC reported.
The hospital, which has 1,000 beds, started construction Jan. 23 and will begin admitting patients on Monday, according to Chinese state media China Global Television Network.
The name "Huoshen" (火神; 'God of Fire') named after Zhurong, an important personage in Chinese mythology and Chinese folk religion who was known as ancestors of the Chu people, and Yan Emperor, a legendary ancient Chinese ruler in pre-dynastic times who was known as ancestors of the Chinese people.
The name is also related to the concept of wood (木) in wuxing (五行), wherein wood begets fire (火). In traditional Chinese medicine, the lung belongs to the metal element (金) which governs the lung (肺). As fire overcomes metal, the name conveys the hope that lung disease caused by 2019-nCoV will eventually be eliminated.
The hospital is modeled after the Xiaotangshan Hospital, which was built in the suburbs of Beijing in six days for the 2003 SARS pandemic.
In its 51 days of operation, it treated 680 confirmed SARS patients with only eight deaths, for a mortality rate of less than 1.2 percent – the lowest in the world. None of the 1,383 medical staff was infected.
There was controversy over whether to keep the hospital after the SARS epidemic, as it was built in seven days and many of its facilities were not well established. On April 2, 2010, seven years after the end of SARS, the Beijing Medical Management Authority decided to demolish all the wards of Xiaotangshan Hospital, and in 2012, it was turned into a rehabilitation center.
With the number of coronavirus patients exceeding the total number of SARS patients by January 28, the renovation of Xiaotangshan Hospital shows the determination of the Beijing authority to suppress the epidemic before a full-scale outbreak.
originally posted by: Irishhaf
My first thought is where are they going to get the staff?
Pull from already over worked hospitals?
Or just random people with minimal training to try and keep them alive long enough to maybe see a doctor or nurse...
ETA: I think this might be the easiest key to how bad it is... if they are fully staffed with medical professionals its not as bad as we fear, if its not then time to go to the next level of preparation.
Not sure how we could find out the truth considering how locked down china is about information though...
originally posted by: Floridadreamin
There are reports from several reports (Daily Mail etc) that Thai medics have found a cure for the coronavirus.
The Chinese may have built these hospitals for naught. At great expense.
Thai medics have found a cure for the coronavirus
"This is not the cure, but the patient's condition has vastly improved. From testing positive for 10 days under our care, after applying this combination of medicine the test result became negative within 48 hours," Dr. Kriangska Atipornwanich, a lung specialist at Rajavithi, told reporters.
"The outlook is good but we still have to do more study to determine that this can be a standard treatment."
Chinese health officials have already been administering the HIV and flu drugs to fight the coronavirus. The use of the three together in a cocktail seemed to improve the treatment, the Thai doctors said.
The popularity of this footage has led to the construction vehicles at the Huoshenshan Hospital earning unusual fame.
Cement mixers have found themselves with nicknames like "The Cement King", "Big White Rabbit" and "The White Roller".
A large flat-bed truck carrying construction supplies has affectionately been termed: "Brother Red Bull".
Some of the diggers are given affectionate names based on their colour, such as "Little Yellow" and "Little Blue".
originally posted by: paraphi
This is just for domestic public relations to show how the authorities can do things quick. Sorry for the cynicism, but this is just how the Chinese authorities work.
You have to remember that the Chinese health service is not like a developed healthcare system like in Europe, for example. Building a hospital which will fall to pieces in a year or two, or when the staff are returned from whence they came is a bit of a waste.
Bet inside will look a right dogs breakfast but its probably better than some of the other places.