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'Please Help Me.' What People In China Are Saying About The Outbreak On Social Media


Added 01-24-20 03:06:03pm EST - “Residents in Wuhan and other Chinese cities affected by the Wuhan coronavirus are using platforms like Weibo to share their fears and frustrations.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “'Please Help Me.' What People In China Are Saying About The Outbreak On Social Media”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

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.

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