- Chinese authorities are finally being more transparent about the size and severity of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.
- Over 1, 716 Healthcare workers have become infected.
- It’s safe to say these unfortunate souls have the worst job in the world.
Think your job is hard? Try being a Chinese healthcare worker in the coronavirus-plagued Hubei province.
According to data released from China’s National Health Commission , at least 1, health workers have been infected with the coronavirus. Six of them have died from the disease.
Coronavirus Makes Healthcare a Life or Death Occupation
Most of the infections have occurred in Hubei, the epicenter of the outbreak, where % of the infected workers reside.
Chinese Vice Minister Zeng Yixin highlighted their plight during a recent news conference :
At present, the duties of medical workers at the front are indeed extremely heavy; their working and resting circumstances are limited, the psychological pressures are great, and the risk of infection is high
Zeng’s remarks are an understatement.
Chinese healthcare workers don’t only face the danger of getting infected. Some of them are literally working themselves to death. Others are being deliberately infected by the people they are trying to help.
The Worst Job in the World?
On Feb. 6, – year-old doctor Song Yingjie died of cardiac arrest after working for ten days straight at his medical clinic in the Hunan province.
His loss was followed by the death of Li Wenliang, the doctor who tried to blow the whistle on the coronavirus outbreak in December before the Chinese government censored him.