Chicago doctor describes staying in China to help at start of COVID-19 crisis


REPORTER: WUHAN, CHINA, FIVE TIMES BIGGER THAN CHICAGO, STARTED RESEMBLING A GHOST TOWN IN JANUARY. THAT WAS THE BEGINNING OF WHAT THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION CALLS A PANDEMIC THREAT AND THE START OF A DOCTOR’S MISSION. THE RESEARCHER WAS IN HIS HOMETOWN. TONIGHT, HOW HIS LIFE HAS CHANGED AND THE WORDS OF REASSURANCE.>>WE KNEW ABOUT IT, BUT NOBODY WAS PAYING TOO MUCH ATTENTION BECAUSE FOR SOME REASON, WE DID NOT KNOW IT WAS THIS SEVERE. REPORTER: JANUARY 10, A UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO MEDICINE DR. WAS IN WUHAN, POPULATION 14 MILLION, DIRECTING A PATHOLOGY CENTER. HE SAYS CASES OF A MYSTERIOUS VIRAL PNEUMONIA STARTED PILING UP. IT WAS NOT UNTIL 10 DAYS LATER THE PROFESSOR SAYS WHAT TOOK SHAPE WAS THE START UP A PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY.>>ON THE 23RD AROUND 2:00, I WAS WOKE UP BY A PHONE CALL FROM A COLLEAGUE IN BEIJING. SHE SAID, GET OUT JADE YOU SHOULD LEAVE — GET UP. YOU SHOULD LEAVE AND BUY A TICKET TO GO TO SHANGHAI. REPORTER: INSTEAD, HE CHOSE TO STAY.>>I SAID THIS IS NOT THE TIME FOR ME TO LEAVE. REPORTER: JANUARY 24, HE WATCHED AN EMOTIONAL PLEA FROM A DOCTOR WORKING IN ONE OF THE HOSPITALS.>>HE BROKE DOWN. HE WAS CRYING SAYING HE NEEDED HELP. HE WAS OVERWHELMED. NOT ENOUGH PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT AND HE HAD BEEN WORKING FOR A LONG TIME. PATIENT KEEP COMING AND COMING. REPORTER: MOVED BY THAT MESSAGE, HE SAYS HE VOLUNTEERED AT ONE OF THE CLINICS. A CLINIC UNDERSTAFFED AND OVERRUN WITH THOUSANDS OF DESPERATE PATIENTS.>>VERY AFRAID. YOU DO NOT JUST WANT TO BECOME A DOCTOR AND DO THE FUN THINGS AND BE SAFE ALL THE TIME. I WAS — MEANWHILE, NOT EVERYONE GETTING INFECTED. WE KNOW HOW TO PROTECT OURSELVES. I HAD RESPIRATORS. I HAD PROTECTIVE SUIT. THEY RECOMMEND YOU SHOULD WEAR TWO LITERS OF GLOVES. IT DID NOT WORK. YOU HOPE FOR THE BEST. YOU CANNOT GUARANTEE. I KNEW SEVERAL COLLEAGUES WHO GOT INFECTED. AT LEAST 24 DOCTORS PASSED AWAY DIRECTLY RELATED TO THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS INFECTION. REPORTER: HE SUSPECTS MANY OF THE DOCTORS WERE EXPOSED WHILE TREATING INFECTED PATIENTS BEFORE THE DANGER OF THE VIRUS WAS KNOWN. HE HAD FULL PERSONAL PROTECTIVE GEAR AND BEFORE RETURNING TO CHICAGO, HE WAS QUARANTINED. IN EARLY FEBRUARY, HE AND OTHER AMERICANS BOARDED THIS CHARTER FOR HOME, A CARGO PLANE OUTFITTED WITH SEVERAL HUNDRED SEATS. HIS RETURN WITH RENEWED HOPE HE WILL NOT HAVE AS BAD AS WHAT HE LEFT BEHIND.>>THE SITUATION IN CHICAGO IS DIFFERENT. YOU HAVE A MUCH LOWER DENSITY OF POPULATION. PERSONAL HYGIENE PRACTICE IS MORE PREVALENT. HEALTH CARE CONDITION IN THE U.S. IS TOP OF THE WORLD. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO WORRY. REPORTER: HE RETURNED FROM CHINA. HE SAYS COMMITTED TO SPENDING MORE TIME STUDYING INFECTIOUS DISEASES. THIS SUCCESSFUL LAB RESEARCHER HAS A NEW RESPECT FOR MEDICINE IN THE TRENCHES, TELLING US ABOUT THE MAN IN HIS HOMETOWN WHO WAITED IN LINE FOR HOURS AND BROKE DOWN IN TEARS WHEN HE LEARNED A VOLUNTEER DOCTOR FROM CHICAGO WAS THERE TO HELP. WE FOUND OUT

2 thoughts on “Chicago doctor describes staying in China to help at start of COVID-19 crisis

  1. Thank you Mr. Goodie, great story, or report. Also, thanks to Dr. Shu-Yuan Xiao for being a true doctor, and hero when people really needed him. Wishing him the best in his health career.

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