China's coronavirus hospital built in 10 days opens its doors, state media says

  
Via:  perrie-halpern  •  2 months ago  •  17 comments

By:   Yuliya Talmazan

China's coronavirus hospital built in 10 days opens its doors, state media says
Construction of the hospital began Jan. 24 with a crew of 7,000 people working around the clock

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A 1,000-bed hospital built in just 10 days to handle the   coronavirus epidemic   in Wuhan, China, opened its doors to its first patients Monday.

The Huoshenshan Hospital was built specifically to handle patients infected with the novel coronavirus that has sickened thousands of people and   left more than 360 dead . It is on the outskirts of Wuhan, a city with 11 million residents, where the outbreak is believed to have originated.


On Monday, the hospital — which covers 60,000 square meters (645,000 square feet) — welcomed its first patients, according to Chinese state media. There was no information about the patients or their conditions.

Construction began Jan. 24 with a crew of 7,000 people working around the clock. Chinese state media carried live video of the construction site and showed the sheer scale and speed of the project.

A second dedicated hospital with 1,300 beds is also expected to be ready later this week.

china_outbreak_60073-jpg-2b0ca_01b53c348 Medical equipment at the Huoshenshan temporary field hospital in Wuhan. AP

China's state news agency Xinhua reported Sunday the new hospital has a capacity for 1,000 beds, intensive care units and sections for diagnosis and infection control.

Hundreds of doctors and medical personnel have been drafted in from China's military to treat patients at the hospital, Xinhua also said.

Many of the   1,400 medical specialists   have worked in the past to treat severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, which the new coronavirus is related to, and the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone and Liberia, the agency added.


200203-wuhan-hospital-construction-mn-2x Construction of the Huoshenshan hospital in Wuhan, China, on Jan. 24 and Feb. 2, 2020. AFP - Getty Images

China Central Television on Monday quoted project manager Fang Xiang, whose team worked on the hospital, as saying that a project of this scale usually takes at least two years.

"It takes at least a month to construct a temporary building, not to mention a new hospital for infectious diseases," he said,   according to CCTV .

Thousands of workers worked in shifts to complete the construction, CCTV said.

China's state CGTN network showed a video of several workers who said they slept only two hours in three days while completing the construction of the hospital.

It’s not the first time China has had to build a specialized medical facility on a tight deadline. During the SARS epidemic in 2003, a hospital in Beijing was constructed in just a week.

Wuhan has been on lockdown   for nearly two weeks with millions of its inhabitants barred from leaving the city. The Chinese government has not yet signaled when the lockdown could be lifted.


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MUVA
1  MUVA    2 months ago

No unions you get more done.

 
 
 
bccrane
1.1  bccrane  replied to  MUVA @1    2 months ago

I would like to see the permits to see if all the codes were followed and also it looks like they built it in a wetlands area. 

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
1.1.1  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  bccrane @1.1    2 months ago
I would like to see the permits to see if all the codes were followed and also it looks like they built it in a wetlands area.

You're kidding I hope. That was your observation? It's in China FFS. It matters not what they do there. They have their own rules and laws to follow. It was in reaction to the crisis they are facing. 

 
 
 
bccrane
1.1.2  bccrane  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @1.1.1    2 months ago

Ok should have used the /s, was, like MUVA, showing what could be accomplished without all the road blocks.

 
 
 
MUVA
1.1.3  MUVA  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @1.1.1    2 months ago

Kidding kinda jrSmiley_100_smiley_image.jpg

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
1.1.4  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  bccrane @1.1.2    2 months ago

My mistake. ....................sorry

 
 
 
bccrane
1.1.5  bccrane  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @1.1.4    2 months ago

No problem.

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
2  Just Jim NC TttH    2 months ago

I saw this different story a few years back after it was completed. (The company I worked for at the time was owned by Chinese business people so we had to watch to serve as an example of what can be done).Imagine. 57 stories in 19 days. Those contractors know how to get it done. Unfortunately they probably don't have much concern for the employees but damn. What an accomplishment.

https://abcnews.go.com/International/chinese-company-records-time-lapse-video-skyscraper-built/story?id=29554100

A little off topic probably but I thought I would share.

 
 
 
XDm9mm
3  XDm9mm    2 months ago

When you put an army of people on a project, things can happen quickly.  Of course, no one is discussing quality control or even adhering to any standards, but hey, it's China, and they can do whatever they want and everything else be damned.

A couple of minor problems with this "wonder".

First, it takes about 28 days for concrete to 'cure'.  While it will support some weight, constant traffic like in a hospital or any place that's occupied, will ruin it pretty quickly.

Second and most important, while they've built a building, there are many reports that they don't have the staff to man it (which I find difficult to believe....   they do have a pretty big army of people waiting for something to do) but more importantly, they don't have the medicine in sufficient quantities to do any good.

Lastly, considering the above two points, and the exponential growth of the virus in China, does anyone believe that this building is anything much more than a quarantine holding facility pending the ultimate death of the "patient"?

Yeah, I guess you can call me skeptical of what the Chinese government is trying to accomplish.

 
 
 
Sparty On
4  Sparty On    2 months ago

It takes 25-30 days to cure concrete under normal conditions.   There are ways to speed that up but none are recommended.   Naturally cured concrete is the best by far.

I'm glad i won't be in this hospital.   I'm just saying .....

Edit: Ah XD you beat me to it ....... jrSmiley_13_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
XDm9mm
4.1  XDm9mm  replied to  Sparty On @4    2 months ago
I'm glad i won't be in this hospital.

I know some people that have 'experienced' those quick Chinese construction projects first hand.   While they admit that they 'look' nice and pretty, they're about as safe as drenching yourself in blood and wandering into a pen of hungry wild hogs.

But, at least they'll have some storage facilities for the corpses.

 
 
 
Ender
5  Ender    2 months ago

This is scary. It is like the beginning of an end of times movie. I read where some said it could spread by touching a railing someone infected used. Some are estimating the infection rate to be much higher than reported.

I would hate to be one of those people trapped on that quarantined cruise ship. People infected and nowhere to go. It would be like waiting around to catch it.

 
 
 
XDm9mm
5.1  XDm9mm  replied to  Ender @5    2 months ago
This is scary.

Only if one panics.  While it apparently is easily transmitted, I will submit that taking some rudimentary precautions will suffice to avoid it. 

It is like the beginning of an end of times movie.

Have no fear.  I doubt this is the beginning of anything like 28 Days Later.

I read where some said it could spread by touching a railing someone infected used.

As can most viruses.   Have you ever considered how many people with communicable diseases like the common cold, the flu, and other viral type illnesses have touched and wiped that touch screen in the grocery store. the gas pumps, or maybe the menu when you last went out to dinner?  Doesn't that just make you shudder!!

Some are estimating the infection rate to be much higher than reported.

It's the Chinese doing the reporting.  What do you expect?  Global health experts believe the Chinese count alone is about 3 times higher than reported and that's a conservative estimate.

I would hate to be one of those people trapped on that quarantined cruise ship. People infected and nowhere to go. It would be like waiting around to catch it.

It's no different than any other quarantine situation.  At least they'll be well fed and entertained.  Hopefully, they'll have sufficient land support to assist if it spreads greatly.

 
 
 
Ender
5.1.1  Ender  replied to  XDm9mm @5.1    2 months ago

I read it has an infection rate of 2.1 or something like that. Not as bad as some others but not good.

I hate touching things at places. I have been in public restrooms and seen people that walk out of a stall and walk out without washing their hands...

Walking down stairs I never touch the railing, etc. Some things you can't help it though, like buttons on an elevator.

I bet most touchscreens never get cleaned off.

I am not panicked but thinking about getting some face masks.  Haha

 
 
 
XDm9mm
5.1.2  XDm9mm  replied to  Ender @5.1.1    2 months ago
I read it has an infection rate of 2.1 or something like that. Not as bad as some others but not good.

And we're for the most part all still alive.  

I hate touching things at places. I have been in public restrooms and seen people that walk out of a stall and walk out without washing their hands...

Whenever I've seen that, if i happen to pass them in a hall or shopping aisle, I ask them if they'll be having dinner with those hands?  That works best in a restaurant and you're a little more specific, like...   "You just took a dump and didn't wash your hands?????"  Invariably the looks from all he's with are to to quote a commercial  "priceless".

Walking down stairs I never touch the railing, etc. Some things you can't help it though, like buttons on an elevator.

That's why I tend to wear either long sleeve shirts and use the cuff, or long golf type shirts and use the bottom by the hem.  Failing that, I'll use the back of one knuckle as opposed to the finger tip.

I bet most touchscreens never get cleaned off.

Sure they do.   By the person right behind you wiping his/her germs over yours!!

I am not panicked but thinking about getting some face masks.  Haha

Not a bad idea in some places.  Planes for example.  Other places, they're probably not all that effective.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
6  Buzz of the Orient    2 months ago

All of you can talk about, either praising or criticizing how the virus is being dealt with here from what you've read and seen on TV - but I'm LIVING it.  I've not been out of my home for the last two weeks but at least I'm not bored.  After all, not only can I read all the insults being posted on NT by pro-Trump and anti-Trump members (I watched Trump deliver the SOTU live on TV), watch movies on seven 24/7 cable channels that show movies from around the world, mostly English language ones, and the news on CGTN (the Chinese English TV news station), Bing, Yahoo, Fox News, Canada Television Network (CTV) and the Jerusalem Post, read books (I still have many yet to read on a loaded eReader that a friend sent me), walk back and forth in my home and do exercises, stand out on my balcony and watch almost nobody walking outside (mainly because almost everything is closed during this last week of the New Year Holiday) although many would have been open had it not been for this virus, but at least I'm more than 500 miles from Wuhan (the centre of the virus), and there are only about 300 cases of the virus in my city of 32 million people, and thankfully I'm in a suburban middle-to-upper-middle class area surrounded by university campuses where people are generally more educated, aware, and able to deal intelligently with this crisis.

By the way, although I'm upset that the original whistleblower doctor was silenced, it very soon became a problem that was obvious enough and not only WHO but also officials from many nations have praised what China has been doing to curtail this scourge.  I think they learned their lesson from what happened with the SARS virus.

 
 
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