Photos of a gentleman reading calmly in bed in the newly-built makeshift hospital in Wuhan, epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak, went viral on China's social media platforms, with many calling him the "The Reader in Fang Cang".
The man has even garnered attention from the author of the book featured in the photo, The Origins of Political Order by Francis Fukuyama, on Twitter.
Surnamed Fu, the 39-year old reader is currently a teaching postdoc at Florida State University after obtaining his doctorate degree in Wuhan University. His hometown is in Xiaogan, a city neighboring Wuhan, but his parents currently live in Wuhan. Fu was infected with novel coronavirus when he visited his parents, and he was among the first group of patients transferred to the cabin hospital at Wuhan International Conference and Exhibition Center on Feb 5.
He bought the book in Wuhan, and he likes reading, Fu told Hubei Daily. He was just reading the book out of interest and never anticipated that the photo would go viral.
Netizens were charmed by Fu's positive and calm attitude. "This picture of him reading in bed gives me strength and hope. " said one Weibo user.
"When you feel depressed, reading is one of the solutions to heal your inner pains," said another netizen.
Videos of patients exercising in the cabin hospital have also been widely circulated online. Square dance, calisthenics and tai chi are popular activities for quarantined patients to stretch and keep fit.
The woman who recorded the video, surnamed He, told ThePaper.cn she was transferred to the hospital on Feb 6 and has been posting pictures of her life at the hospital on her WeChat moments. "I saw some patients start to dance at the hospital and I also started to record me dancing and post the videos online," she was quoted as saying. "We are all victims of the virus, but we are still full of hope and love for life," she said. "I try to only convey positive attitudes to my family when we video chat every day, and I tell my child I will come home very soon."