By Kimberlee Rodriguez
On Monday, the first set of patients made their way to a newly built hospital to combat the new virus sweeping China causing an alarm heard globally.
The hospital was built in a 10-day period, and construction crews in Wuhan are working around the clock to be able to build another facility to hold those with the coronavirus.
Despite the complaints that Wuhan is getting because of the outbreak, the rapid construction helped for a political triumph. Mr. Huang, a senior fellow for global health at the Council of Foreign Relations said that engineers were brought in from all across the country in order to complete construction in a timely fashion. “Engineering work is what China is good at. They have records of building skyscrapers at speed. This is very hard for Westerners to imagine. It can be done,” he added.
To avoid contracting the virus, the workers wore winter clothing, protective jackets and surgical style masks. Trucks could be seen arriving in the middle of the night carrying rolls for insulation as well as other materials needed to create a quarantine.
The building is full of special equipped ventilation systems and double-sided cabinets that enable hospital staff to deliver supplies without ever having to enter the room. A Chinese company donated “medical robots” whose jobs are to deliver medication and carry test samples.
Since the outbreak, many have closed their doors to those who have visited China within the last two weeks. The United States issued a “Level 4” travel advisory for China .