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China’s post-00s rise up to challenge of combating epidemic

A group of people from China’s post-00s generation, including medical workers, auxiliary police officers, college students and volunteers, has joined in the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak.

Meng Di (file photo)

“I was born in May 2000. I hope the epidemic ends before my birthday,” said Meng Di from a branch of the Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University in Wuhan, central China’s Hubei province, on the evening of March 2 after work.

She began working at the hospital last September, and joined in the fight against the epidemic on Jan. 24. Meng said that while she was initially afraid, her parents encouraged her to take on her responsibility as a health worker. “Protect yourself. We will wait for you to come home,” they said.

Since then, Meng has been working on the frontline, helping to prevent the spread of the virus.

Nie Baoxu (right) (Photo/Zhang Xiaole)

19-year-old Nie Baoxu from Nanyang, central China’s Henan province, previously worked at a sushi restaurant in Wuhan. He became a volunteer at a branch of Tongji Hospital affiliated to Tongji Medical College of Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan on Feb. 12.

“I’d clean 17 wards and the whole floor in the hospital,” he said, a job that he called “a piece of cake”. Nie’s diligence and devotion to his duty won high praise from all the medical staff there.

Every day after work, he calls his girlfriend and parents in his hometown to say that he is safe. “My girlfriend supports my decision, and says that I am her hero,” Nie said.

Wang Shiyu delivers vegetables for residents. (file photo)

Wang Shiyu, a freshman at Jingchu University of Technology in Hubei’s Jingmen, is also a volunteer at a community in Wuhan, along with her mother.

She delivers vegetables to each building for local residents and makes hundreds of phone calls to them to check on their health every day.

“We all have responsibilities in the fight against the epidemic, and I want to make my contribution,” said Wang, who does her volunteer work during the day and her studies online at night.

Luo Ming, a sophomore of a college in Changchun, northeast China’s Jilin province, also became a volunteer after returning to his hometown of Wuhan.

One of the 19-year-old college student’s tasks is to distribute donated materials to every department in a hospital in Wuhan. On his busiest day, he distributed over 1,000 sets of protective clothes, numerous masks and goggles, more than 10 tons of bottled mineral water, and several tons of alcohol.

“As all sectors of society are making efforts to fight the virus, college students should also make a difference,” Luo noted.

Zhao Tianyu (file photo)

19-year-old Zhao Tianyu was the youngest member in a team of 30 auxiliary police officers at the Jianghan temporary hospital for COVID-19 patients. He joined the team on Feb. 5. “Young people should play our part for China,” Zhao said.

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