A Shenzhen Customs officer measures passengers' temperature in Shenzhen, South China's Guangdong province. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]
Shenzhen on Monday afternoon announced that five more people infected with novel coronavirus were cured and sent home, bringing the total number of cured patients to 10.
The shortest hospitalization period was 11 days and the longest, 17 days. Patient sick time ranged from 14 days to 30 days.
One patient used to work in Wuhan, the epicenter of the virus. On Jan 17, he came home from Wuhan, and visited his brother in Shenzhen. The next day, he showed relevant symptoms. On Jan 21, his infection was confirmed at the Third People's Hospital of Shenzhen.
"My symptoms were slight, mainly fever and cough. With encouragement from doctors and nurses, I was not fearful and was confident in defeating the disease," he said.
After leaving the hospital, he was required to stay in home quarantine for at least half a month.
"At present, my family are still in the hotel quarantine. But fortunately, their current test results are negative," he said, and added he also advised other patients that a good attitude and physical condition are conducive to treatment.
"The patient was optimistic during his hospitalization and recovered quickly," said chief doctor Wang Fang of the Third People's Hospital of Shenzhen. "Our medical staff also offered psychological counseling and education, in the hope that the patients could have a good mood and develop strong resistance against the virus."
Wang said he hopes these practices can help others.