Wuhan Diary #28: The 32nd Day of the Wuhan City Closure — February 23, 2020

February 23 32nd Day of the Wuhan City Closure

From yesterday evening to today all the WeChat and microblogs were blocked because

Subtitled Wuhan Sister-in-law wondrous rant now on Youtube.

of the online video of the “cussing out Wuhan” video by “Wuhan Sister-in-law”. I’ve seen it many times – it comes down to one thing – blowing off steam. As a genuine Wuhaner, I first of all want to explain to this Wuhan sister-in-law that in the Wuhan dialect that doesn’t really count as “cursing everyone and everything”. If we were make a scale of Wuhan people cussing on a scale of one to ten, her words would register a five at most. Her words were clear, logical, well-organized, well-backed up by the facts and except for two words she didn’t even use any dirty words. Its very well done.

The community isn’t getting much done. At this stage, the laziness of the administration is the worst problem. People in our community have already ridiculed them many times. More words aren’t going to make any difference. Let me tell you about some things that went too far yesterday. In my friend’s community the main gate of all the buildings are locked shut. When building residents buy things, the only thing they can do is to drop a rope down to the ground below and haul their purchases up.

“But what if they don’t have any rope?” I asked.

My friend said, “Everybody in our community is making ropes at home by twisting threads together. ”

??? Making rope at home? Are they going to make people hang themselves? These days people are drinking heavily. If some accident occurs, how will people in the buildings get out? I asked my friend whether he could complain to the Mayor’s Hotline! To the City Mailbox! What a stupid, bad and idiotic government we have.

My friend said, “I’ve already complained. Nobody pays any attention. ”

I feel faint. I’m just absolutely speechless. Before our community was closed, I reviewed in my mind all the possible ways that they could close off our community. Locking the gate was the worst possibility I imagined. But that’s exactly what they did.

Another friend’s husband is an especially warm-hearted and kind person. He once drove his own car in the rain to take a handicapped person whom he had just met to another city. This time using his personal connections, he helped people in his community do a group purchase of alcohol, disinfectant, face masks and other supplies and then was “entrusted” by the community with procuring supplies for the community. Everyday he kept extremely busy going out, keeping statistical records, making receipts, picking up orders, preparing shipments. He even had to procure protective materials on his own. According to what my friend said, the workers in the community after “being entrusted” with group purchases, once they went out the door they left, they totally neglected their responsibilities. They used their entry/exit permit to enter the supermarket just to buy things for their own families.

Two days ago I saw a map of the “Wuhan City New Type Coronavirus Pneumonia Distribution of Confirmed Cases in Each District” according to which, as of February 21, the Wuchang District had the most at 7769. Essential context for this information is that the epidemic broke out in the Wuchang District and it was the earliest district to be closed. So there certainly is a reason why, one month later, it remains the most seriously affected administrative district.

Ah, 2020 is the devil’s own year!

These past two days the package our community’s group purchasing scheme buys has changed. When I looked closely, I see that feminine napkins have been added. However, the Zhongbai Supermarket (yes, that’s right, the very same supermarket cussed out in “Wuhan sister-in-law’s video) is ridiculous: they sell toilet paper and feminine napkins in a bundle. When I look at records of conversations in other WeChat groups, I see that some grandpas and grandmas were so upset that they had to buy feminine napkins when they bought toilet paper that they complained to the Mayor’s Hotline. I couldn’t help laughing. Nine chances out of ten that they made a group purchase from the Zhongbai Supermarket! … This too, in an indirect way, proves that calling the Mayor’s Hotline is useless.

I heard it rumored that Zhongbai Supermarket and Wuhan are discussing Zhongbai opening a chain of supermarkets in the Wuhan area and that assisting them in this is a high priority of the current government and so the government is making many purchases from it at higher than market prices. If this is true, then the prices of the group purchase food bought from Zhongbai Supermarket really are not at all cheap and are in fact considerably higher than normal. I would like to ask, if these people really are making fortunes corruptly. Are they really not afraid of payback for their corrupt behavior?

In our community WeChat group, I have seen volunteers who help others buy medicines who mention that they need to show their original ID if they are buying medicine for bringing down a fever, cold medicine or cough medicine and provide their telephone number and address in case a home visit will be necessary. Good thinking. The city has been closed for a month and they finally think of that.

Every day I read the closed city diary of Wuhan writer Fang Fang. Among the writers

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Wuhan writer Fang Fang. Photo via RFI

she is counted among those who are more honest and willing to speak out, even to the point that her microblog account was closed down. I’ve always like her novels. Fang Fang is the author of what has become a well known saying, “A particle of ash, the fallout of the age, when settling on one individual’s head is heavy as a mountain. ”

Today’s diary entry records the many recent controversies surrounding Chinese Traditional Medicine. She mentions that a physician friend told her that “In many hospitals all the wards are managed by physicians trained in Chinese traditional medicine. ” I have been hearing all along that Chinese traditional medicine has strongly present in this new coronavirus pneumonia epidemic but I hadn’t realized that things had gotten out of control to this extent.

Yes, to be perfectly clear, I oppose Traditional Chinese Medicine. I don’t have any personal experience of its effectiveness. I can only base my conclusions on longtime observation and reports.

First of all, all the reports mentioning Traditional Chinese Medicine and pharmaceuticals discuss cases where Chinese traditional and Western medicine are combined. I asked a friend who had been cured at the big prefabricated hospital. He said that he was given Chinese traditional pharmaceutical #1 and #2 but did not stop taking Western medicine. As someone who is not trained in medicine, I do not understand if credit for the cure should be ascribed to Chinese traditional medicine or to Western medicine. How could anyone ever know? I believe that it is very irresponsible to make a big clamor about the effectiveness of Traditional Chinese Medicine when there is no proof of its efficacy.

Next, something happened that made a big impression on me. A story about a traditional Chinese physician at a hotel that had been requisitioned to isolate pneumonia patients became very popular on the microblogs. This traditional Chinese physicians stopped giving Western medicine to the patients in isolation and only gave them Chinese traditional medicines. As a result, shortly thereafter the body temperatures of patients whose fevers had already gone down went up again. One women patient, disturbed by this, checked into the “traditional Chinese physician” and found that he had no medical qualifications whatsoever. What I would like to know, is who gave tacit approval for so-called Chinese traditional physicians to experiment on patients? Is this just a simple case of negligence on the part of the management of the grassroots community.

Third, and this is the most important part, what is the pharmacology of these so-called traditional Chinese medicines? In the case of Western medicine, we can get a fairly clear idea of its efficacy and side-effects. But preparations of Traditional Chinese Medicine? Is it philosophy? Is it mysticism?

I am afraid it is a field which depends upon keeping the people in ignorance.

To sum up, it looks like Chinese Traditional Medicine will come out of this epidemic as the big winner. That is an undisputable fact.

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Dr, Xia Sisi

At dawn today, Dr. Xia Sisi of Wuhan Union Hospital’s Digestion Department died in the line of duty. Dr. Xia Sisi was only 29 years old. She was the only daughter in her family and had a two year old baby at home. Her father, mother and husband are all medical workers.

Spring, warm and beautiful, has now come to Wuhan. How very said that those people who have left us will never see it again.

Chinese text

2月23日  武汉封城第32天

昨晚到今天,微信、微博被一个武汉嫂子的“汉骂”视频刷屏了,这段语音我听了好多遍,千言万语汇成一句话:太解气啦!

作为一个地道的武汉人,我首先要为这位嫂子证明,这一段的措辞在武汉话里绝对算不上“骂街”,如果武汉话骂人等级最高十级,这一段的措辞顶多算五级,逻辑清晰、条理清楚、有理有据,除了两个语气词基本没有骂脏话,非常棒!

社区不作为、懒政的确是现阶段的最大矛盾。我们社区我已经吐槽了一千遍,没有什么再说的动力。说说昨天看到的更过分的情况,朋友的小区直接在每栋楼的楼栋大门上加了铁锁,楼内居民买东西、领物资,只能从家里扔根绳子到楼下把东西吊上来。

“没绳子怎么办?”我问。

朋友说:“小区居民都在家里搓绳子”

???自己在家搓绳子?逼人上吊吗?最近很多人家都囤了大量酒精,万一哪一家发生意外,整栋楼不是都跑不出去吗?我问朋友能不能投诉,市长热线!城市留言板!这就是又蠢又坏又不负责的懒政!

朋友说:“投诉过啦!根本没人管!”

我有点晕,彻底无话可说了。小区封闭前我脑补过各种封闭的方法,楼栋门上锁是我能想象到的最糟糕的情况,原来真有人这么干。

另一位朋友的先生是一个特别热心善良的人,曾经在下雨天开自己的车把一位初次见面的残障人士送到另一个城市。这次他通过自己的渠道,帮社区居民团购了酒精、消毒液、口罩等物资,后来在社区的“委托”下还承担了社区物资的采购,每天忙进忙出,统计、收款、拿货、安排分发,忙得脚不沾地,却连防护物资都得自己准备。听朋友说,社区工作人员把团购物资的活“委托”出去之后就撒手不管了,每天只管自己拿着出入证进出超市采购自家的东西。

前两天看到一个“武汉市新冠肺炎确诊病例各区分布情况”的图,截止2月21日,武昌区以7769例排名第一,要知道武昌区既不是疫情最初爆发的区域,也不是封城前最严重的区域,经过一个月后却成了感染最严重的行政区,可见不是没有原因的。

呵呵,魔幻的2020年!

这两天我们社区的物资团购套餐有调整,我仔细看了看,增加了卫生巾,不过中百超市(对,就是武汉嫂子“汉骂”视频里提到的同一个超市)特别搞笑,卫生纸和卫生巾放在一个套餐里捆绑销售。我看到有其它微信群里的聊天截图,有独居的爹爹婆婆买卫生纸被强行搭售了卫生巾,气得打市长热线投诉,我实在没忍住爆笑出来,十有八九就是中百的团购……大概也能从侧面证明,打市长热线确实没什么用。

我还听说,中百超市和武商量贩作为本地连锁超市,是这次政府重点帮扶的对象,很多爱心菜会安排给他们,如果是真,要知道,中百超市提供的团购套餐价格可真的不便宜,比平时上涨了不少,我就想问,这些人发这种黑心财,真的不怕报应吗?

在社区群里也能看到有志愿者帮忙代买药品,特别提到现在买消炎药、感冒药、咳嗽药必须出示身份证原件,并登记电话号码和家庭住址,有可能会进行回访。不容易啊,封城一个月,终于想起来了。

我每天都在看武汉作家方方的封城日记,在作家里面她也算耿直敢言的一位了,甚至因此连微博账号都被封了。我原本就很喜欢她的小说,那句“时代的一粒灰,落在个人头上,就是一座山”就出自她的笔下。

她在今天的日记里记录了近期对于中医的很多争论,其中提到她的一位医生朋友说的“现在很多医院的整个病区全部由中医医生接管”,我一直知道中医在这次新冠肺炎中非常活跃,但是我到现在才知道竟然已经如此猖獗了。

是的,我是旗帜鲜明反对中医的。我没有办法去获取一手的疗效信息,我只能基于自己长期的观察和报道出来的情况作为判断的基础。

首先,现在所有提及中医药的报道中,全部说明了是中西医结合,我有问过在方舱医院治疗的朋友,他们在服用一号方、二号方的中药时,并没有停止西药,作为医学门外汉,我不太能理解这个治愈的“疗效”是归功于中医,还是西医,如何判断呢?在没有科学的结论之前就大肆宣传中医药疗效,这是非常不负责任的做法。

其次,之前发生了一件让我非常在意的事,微博曾经爆出在武昌区的一处宾馆的集中隔离点出现了一位中医,他让这个隔离点的患者们停止服用西药,只服用他提供的中药,结果没过多久已经退烧的患者体温又上升了,其中一位患者的女儿感到不对劲,查过这位“中医”后才发现他没有任何行医资质;我想知道,是谁默许这些所谓的中医拿患者试药?仅仅只是基层社区的管理失职吗?

其三,也是最重要的,这些所谓有疗效的中药,药理是什么?西药的药效、副作用我们可以相对明确的掌握,可是中药?哲学?玄学?

恐怕只是愚民之学吧。

总之,中医会成为此次疫情的最大赢家,这肯定是不争的事实了。

今天清晨,武汉协和江北医院消化科夏思思医生殉职了,年仅29岁。

她是家中独女,还有一个两岁的宝宝。爸爸、妈妈和先生都是医务工作者。

武汉的春天来了,很暖,很美,可惜那些离开的人,他们再也看不到了。

About 高大伟 David Cowhig

After retirement translated,with wife Jessie, Liao Yiwu's 2019 "Bullets and Opium", and have been studying things 格物致知. Worked 25 years as a US State Department Foreign Service Officer including ten years at US Embassy Beijing and US Consulate General Chengdu and four years as a China Analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Before State I translated Japanese and Chinese scientific and technical books and articles into English freelance for six years. Before that I taught English at Tunghai University in Taiwan for three years. And before that I worked two summers on Norwegian farms, milking cows and feeding chickens.
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2 Responses to Wuhan Diary #28: The 32nd Day of the Wuhan City Closure — February 23, 2020

  1. erika says:

    Why ia you diary stop on feb 25? Are you okay?

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