Medical staff infected by coronavirus released from hospital

By Liu Kun in Wuhan and Li Hongyang in Beijing | | Updated: 2020-02-05 23:15
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Five medical workers from Union Hospital affiliated with Tongji Medical College of Huazhong University of Science and Technology, who were infected with the novel coronavirus, are discharged from the hospital in Wuhan, capital of Central China's Hubei province, on Feb 5, 2020. They are the third batch of Union Hospital medical workers discharged from the hospital. [Photo by Liu Kunwei/For]

The last five medical staffers from Wuhan Union Hospital, who were infected with novel coronavirus, were discharged from the hospital on Wednesday.

These five are among the first group of 14 medical staff infected in Wuhan, capital city of Hubei province, the epicenter of the virus. The first three were discharged on Jan 28 and another six were on discharged on Sunday.

On Jan 20, Zhong Nanshan, the renowned respiratory scientist, confirmed that 14 medical staff were infected by one patient in the hospital.

According to Changjiang Daily, the local newspaper, these infected medical staff members had been fighting against the virus actively since they were confirmed with the novel coronavirus.

One of the doctors, surnamed Zheng, was grateful to colleagues' excellent medical skills that helped him fight against the disease.

"I was fearful of the unknown virus at first. But after receiving the right treatment, most of us felt better after two weeks and tested negative after three weeks," Zheng said.

A nurse surnamed Hu said she felt proud of her colleagues and wanted to return to work with them.

The doctor in charge, Zhou Qiong, said chances were slim they can infect other people after being tested negative on two separate times. They were advised to take more rest at home. When they could return to work depends on the health condition of their lungs.

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