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A man in Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the current coronavirus outbreak, walks by a local mural. Stringer/Getty Images hide caption
"I don't feel in the Chinese New Year mood at all this year," a netizen with username 朱一龙qwertyuiop416 posted this week on Weibo, China's equivalent to Twitter. "I'm panicking. I'm getting more scared every day."
That sentiment reflects a trend on Chinese social media as confirmed cases of the Wuhan coronavirus surge.
Initially there was some lightheartedness in posts. One Weibo user commented it was "the perfect time" to stay home and play a mobile phone game called Plague Inc.
But as the situation has worsened, people in Wuhan, the city that's the epicenter of the outbreak, and other affected areas in China, are glued to their mobile phones. They're using apps like Weibo, Facebook and Twitter to express their fear and anger — and cry for help.
This is... not good. Earlier today, several Wuhan hospitals put out a call for public donations of medical supplies e.g. surgical masks, scrubs, protective goggles. Gives some idea of how desperate the equipment shortage is and how under-resourced hospitals are in times of crisis pic.twitter.com/jhrVPyBTyH— Laurie Chen (@lauriechenwords) January 23, 2020
Volunteer medical personnel from around China are parting with their families to leave for #Wuhan to combat #CoronavirusOutbreak just before the #LunarNewYear. A very special "holiday" indeed. pic.twitter.com/ShJBPaz1uB— LIU Xin (@thepointwithlx) January 24, 2020
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