Day7 Wuhan Diary 武汉日记



2020.1.29 The 7th Day of the Wuhan City Closure 日记原文于下



I cried softly as I read the article “Mama Passed Away in Wuhan Quarantine”. I forwarded the article to my mother, telling her that she must take good care of herself so that I don’t become a motherless child.


A colleague who has a CT scan a few days ago has gotten worse again these past few days. Her fever hasn’t gone down at all. She said she stood in line to take the nuclei acid test and that she’ll get the results in two days. She showed me the medicine that the doctor has prescribed for her. It was the same medicine that a doctor friend had suggested. It was the kind of medicine you can’t buy in a pharmacy but have to go to the hospital have the doctor write a prescription for you to get. But if you go to the hospital, you have to stand in line. That usually takes a few hours. That is not easy for people in good health, never mind someone who is ill. I couldn’t bear to question her more closely. I just told her several times to relax and take good care of herself since she would have to rely on the strength of her own immune system to win this battle. God, please bless my friend.


Today I went out for a while. My cough not only hasn’t gotten better, it seems to have gotten a bit worse. Fortunately I don’t have any other symptoms so I decided to go out and buy some cough medicine that my doctor friend had suggested and take a look at this city that I haven’t seen for quite a while. These days going out is a real pain. Before going out I have to change all my clothes into my outdoor clothes, and a face mask. I would have felt a lot better if I could have had single-use gloves as well. Returning home was even more of a pain. Standing in the front hallway, I had to take off my jacket, pants, shoes, face mask, gloves, bend my mask backwards, cut it with scissors, tie it securely and then put it in the special trash container. I had to turn all the clothes inside-out, fold them, and carry them to the balcony to get some sunshine. Then I would go to the washroom to wash my hands. Once I had finished washing, I would go back to the balcony, and spray my outer clothing with a disinfectant. Then I would go back to the washroom to wash my hands once again. It has gotten so bad that now even a suggestion from my family that we go outside gives me a headache!


Today's pharmacies still had their doors closed, only the small side window remained open for the reception. The poster still displayed "masks, disinfectant, thermometer sold out". Unlike the first day of the Lunar New Year, no one was in line today, so I was able to get my cough medicine quickly.


Today was such a sunny day. The golden sun was shining on the asphalt road, reflecting the dazzling light. I suddenly felt relieved.


Although Wuhan finally had ushered in the long-lost sun, there were no people on the street. The safety signs displayed " Keep 5-meters distance apart", however, it was unlikely to see a single person within 50 meters. Note that this area is one of the most prosperous areas in Wuhan. Normally, even after midnight, the road would have been full of crowds, not to mention on the fifth day of the new year. This time in previous years, the road should have been full of people. Standing on an empty road, only the traffic lights were changing the signal as always despite whatever is happening in the world. I subconsciously stopped at the red light. For a moment, I suddenly felt funny, after all, even if I were lying in the middle of the road, I fear that no one would care about me, but I still waited for the traffic light. Was it possible that there would be a bus coming down from the sky?


I went to the supermarket on my way home, and several supermarkets near my house still maintained a sufficient supply of fresh vegetables, and the prices were normal. Except that everyone was wearing a mask, and there was a looming tension in the air, everything else seemed no different from before.


I see some homeless people without face masks. I am worried about them. Even we cannot get any masks now, who will care about them? I should have carried more masks so I can share with them. Sigh.


Besides the homeless, there are also stray dogs and cats. A number of people inside our residential community feed them regularly, which keeps a lot of dogs and cats chubby. So I do not have a habit to store pet food. However, in this emergency situation, stray animals may not have a good time.


This does not affect only the strays. Many pets were trapped inside the home due to the emergency lockdown. Their owners left only a small portion of food at home and went on travelling or visiting hometown. So the pets are facing the danger of running out of food source. I have noticed that local pet relief organizations start to help pets whose owners are outside of the quarantine zone. But this may breed potential conflicts, such as the financial loss, pet’s health and life risk, due to the breaking in. During this unusual time under special conditions, I am afraid a series of controversial legal issues may surface later on.

“宁为太平犬,莫为乱世人”

“It’s better to be a dog in a peaceful time than be a human during turbulent days”, is probably summarizes the situation.


I think back to the article《妈妈在武汉隔离病房去世》 “my mom passed away in the quarantine ward of Wuhan”. I can guess between the lines that this 6-member-family should lead a peaceful and affluent life, without worries for clothes or meals; they have at least two real estate properties, two cars and they can afford immunoglobulin, which costs 115 USD per dose. But what does any of that matter? The imagined eternal peace is just a bubble that bursts at a mere touch.


No one has immunity.




1月29日武汉封城第7天


看了《妈妈在武汉隔离病房去世》这篇文章,泣不成声。转发给妈妈,告诉她:你一定要好好的,你好好的,我才不会变成没有妈妈的孩子。

前几天通过CT确诊的同事,这两天病情反复,发热始终降不下来,她说已经排队了核酸测试,过两天可以去做检测。医生开给她的药也发给我看了,跟其他医生朋友发给我的建议用药一样,只是外面的药房买不到,只能去医院通过医生开药。

但是去医院仍然还要排队,通常是几个小时,这对于正常人尚且不易,何况对病人呢。我不忍细问,反复告诉她放宽心,好好休养,要靠自身的免疫力去打赢这场仗。

神啊,请保佑我的朋友。

今天出门了一趟,我的咳嗽不但没好,似乎还严重了些,好在没有其他任何症状,所以决定出门买些医生朋友建议的止咳药,顺便看看这座我许久未见的城市。

现在出门实在是一件太麻烦的事情。出门前要从上到下换成出门的行头、戴好口罩帽子,恨不得还要戴上一次性手套才放心。回家后更麻烦:站在玄关一一脱下外套、裤子、鞋子、口罩、帽子,口罩反过来叠好、剪破、扎紧、扔进门口专门的垃圾袋,全部衣服内外翻过来、卷好、拿到阳台晾晒,然后到洗手间洗手、洗脸,全部清洁完毕返回阳台,给外套衣服喷酒精消毒,然后再去洗手间洗一次手……以致于家人现在提起出门就头疼起来。

今天的药店依然是大门紧闭,只开了侧面的小窗口进行接待,橱窗上也依然贴着“口罩、酒精、84、体温计已售罄”的海报。与年初一不同的是,今天没有人排队了,我要的止咳药货品也很充足,所以很快就买好了。

今天的太远可真好,金灿灿的阳光洒在柏油马路上,反射着刺目的光芒。我忽然觉得有些心安。

武汉虽然迎来了久违的阳光,但是大街上没有什么人,安全指引上写的人与人间“安全距离5米”,事实上隔50米都不一定能有一个人。这个区域明明就是武汉最繁华的地段之一,正常时候即便凌晨一两点,路上也是熙熙攘攘宵夜的人群,何况今天还是大年初五,往年的这个时候路上早该是摩肩接踵了。我站在空荡的马路上,只有红绿灯还一如既往的变换着信号,仿佛天崩地裂也不会影响它们忠于职守,我也下意识的在斑马线的红灯下站住脚,有那么一瞬,突然觉得好笑,毕竟就算我现在躺在马路中央恐怕也不会有人管我,我却还傻站在这儿等红绿灯,难不成还会有一辆骑士巴士从天而降吗。

回家的路上进了趟超市,我家附近的几家超市依然保持了比较充足的鲜蔬供应,价格也还算正常,如果不是每个人都戴着口罩,加上空气中隐隐可见的紧张,跟平时没有太大的差别。

路上看到有拾荒的流浪汉,都没有戴口罩,有些担心他们,我们都买不到口罩,谁会去管他们呢?出门应该多带几个分一分的,唉。

除了流浪的人,还有流浪猫狗,我们小区喂流浪猫狗的人多,一只只通常都是肚子滚圆,所以我没有长期备宠物粮的习惯。现在这种突发状况,流浪猫狗的日子恐怕也不好过。

其实何止流浪猫狗呢,不少被主人留在家里的宠物,因为突然的封城被关在家里,主人可能因为返乡或旅游的原因,只为宠物准备了短期的口粮,这样一来,这些家养的宠物也有可能面临断粮的困境。我有注意到,本地的宠物救助组织已经在组织,可以帮助被拒于城外的宠物主人上门喂养宠物。但是这显然存在很多潜在的争议和矛盾,比如破门造成的财务损失、宠物的健康和生命风险之类。非常时期的特殊情况,后期恐怕还会出现一系列会产生争议的法律问题。

“宁为太平犬,莫为乱世人”大概就是这个意思。

又想起《妈妈在武汉隔离病房去世》,文中的6口之家平时的生活大概也是安宁富足的,从字里行间猜测大约还算得上衣食无忧的小富之家,家里至少有两处房、两辆车,买得起一瓶800元的免疫球蛋白……但又如何呢,以为能长久安享的太平安宁,不过是一触即碎的泡沫。

谁也不能幸免。

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