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Chinese doctors urge disease prevention, care for medics | Updated: 2020-03-16 20:31
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The nation's novel coronavirus epidemic seems to be coming to the end, as all makeshift hospitals are closed and designated hospitals are discharging more patients, according to Du Bin, director of the Medical ICU of Peking Union Medical College Hospital during a press conference on Monday in Wuhan.

Despite that, China is keeping alert to abnormal signs of cases and imported cases from other nations and anywhere else.

The most important thing for confronting infectious diseases is to prevent and control the diseases, rather than treatment. "So treatment is only secondary. Prevention and control is the primary effort," Du said.

''Failure to prepare is preparedness to failure," Du said, adding even through there are fewer and fewer new cases, we should prepare for future sporadic cases and imported cases.

The speakers also reminded their international colleagues to protect themselves well with all protective gear when working. Wu Dong, associate chief physician of the Medical Department of Gastroenterology of Peking Union Medical College Hospital, said even though different nations may have different solutions, everyone should take it seriously and responsibly. He said working in the ICU is very stressful and dangerous.

"For the medical community, we have to protect them. Rest and relaxation is very important in the need to take care of yourself," Wu said.

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