10 Days China Built a Hospital Dedicated to Treat Coronavirus Victims

Peyton Feldman, Writer

Peyton Feldman 

Mrs. Seltzer 

Journalism 1 

4 Feb 2020 

   On January 25th several thousand workers built what is now Huoshenshan Hospital. It was built specifically for helping people infected with the coronavirus and it was able to open its doors to their first patients on Monday. Huoshenshan Hospital contains 1000 beds, care units, diagnosis sections, and infection control. The hospital located in Wuhan China which is where the epidemic is believed to originate. According to The Washington Post it was built in effort to “relieve pressure on Wuhan’s overcrowded institution’s”. 

Over 17,000 people carry the virus and NBC News said it has left “more than 360 [people] dead”. China’s news agency Xinhua mentioned 1,400 military medical specialists were drafted to Huoshenshan Hospital to nurse patients with the coronavirus with the approval of China’s president Xi Jinping. Apparently, they have had experiences with diseases such as SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) which is related to the coronavirus and they also have had experience treating patients with the Ebola virus. 

A time-lapsed video of the hospital being constructed that has gone viral allows the public to follow its progress. There will most likely be several more videos posted of hospitals being built if the virus keeps spreading. Based on the information provided by The Washington Post “Another hospital [is] under construction [at the moment] in Hubei province called Leishenshan is scheduled to be completed on February 5th “. There are other hospitals being built in Beijing and other cities too. 

All the hospitals being built will all be very carefully designed making sure employees aren’t affected by the virus. Each of them will feature double sided cabinets so staff can give supplies to their patients, ventilation systems that quarantine patients, and infrared cameras that detect whether a staff member has a fever or not.