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Sports aids fight against coronavirus outbreak

By People Daily
Monday, February 10th, 2020
Air China employees wear medical masks for protection against the novel coronavirus outbreak at LAX Tom Bradley International Terminal on in Los Angeles, California. Photo//AFP

Wuhan, Sunday

When you are down, sports could be the way out. At the beginning of the year 2020, it is just what many Chinese choose to do amid a nationwide effort to contain a new contagious disease.

After all, when the search for effective medicine is still going on, there seems no better way than sports to keep up the spirit and keep fit, both vital in the fight against the virus.

“I guess not many people have been stranded at home for so long, having so much spare time.

This will sometimes cause anxiety and doing sports is the best way to shift focus and boost the immunity system,” said Wuhan local Luo Yuansheng.

This year has been off to a sad start for millions of Chinese, including Luo, as the celebration of the all-important Chinese lunar new year was suddenly replaced by a battle against the novel coronavirus, a new virus causing pneumonia.

Whether in the epicenter in Wuhan, its surrounding cities in Hubei province or other parts of the country, people were suggested to stay at home to curb the spread of the virus while the government announced to extend the Chinese lunar new year holiday for one week.

Following the suggestion, Luo closed down his newly opened tennis training hall and hardly set foot out of his Wuhan home.

“It is the worst of time but I think it is also a chance for me to spend time with my family,” said Luo. Besides half an hour of exercise every day, Luo practiced tennis with his daughter.

“All my family are tennis fans. Playing sports is especially good for children to build up their bodies and form strong characters,” he said.

Luo’s tennis hall is now closed for an indefinite time but he received two pieces of good news: the rent for his tennis hall will be reduced and none of his customers ask for a refund.

While nine million Wuhan residents are doing their part in a brave fight to contain the epidemic, people from other parts of the country also join in the effort.

The situation outside Hubei province is much better but most Chinese still choose to stay at home as much as possible.

“I start to understand why the dogs are so eager to go out,” a net user joked on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like social media after a few days of self-quarantine. -XINHUA

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