Hospitals In China So Overwhelmed By Coronavirus That Doctors Must Wear Diapers
Hospital staff in Wuhan are wearing adult diapers because they don’t have time to use the bathroom in between treating coronavirus patients, according to Business Insider.
Wuhan, which has an estimated 11 million residents, went under quarantine on Thursday amid the novel coronavirus, 2019-nCoV, outbreak. Local hospitals have become overwhelmed as a result of the lockdown.
Photos and videos circulating on social media show people packed into hallways with doctors treating patients sitting on the floor.
The medical staff are also wearing diapers so they don’t have to take off their hazmat suits in case they rip it and can’t replace it because of the lack of supplies.
Hospitals are also experiencing a shortage of other protective gear, such as surgical masks and protective goggles, ThePaper.com, a Chinese news site, reported.
“We know that the protective suit we wear could be the last one we have, and we can’t afford to waste anything,” a Wuhan Union Hospital doctor wrote on Weibo.
Beijing-based therapist Candice Qin talked to a doctor who was infected by a patient, saying the doctor was “devastated.” Qin added that the doctor isolated herself in her apartment without telling her parents, feeling a “sense of helplessness and loneliness.”
The overwhelming number of patients and the constant work has been taking a mental toll on medical staff in the city, who worry they might contract the disease themselves.
“I think it is a strain for every doctor and every nurse in Wuhan, both physically and mentally,” Qin said. “We know that patients are worried, but we should bear in mind that doctors are just as human as well.”