Liu Senbo began his job as a virus specimen delivery man in Wuhan on Monday.
Liu Senbo arrives at Leishenshan Hospital. (Photos: Xinhua)
“I used to serve in the army to protect the security of our homeland,” Liu said. “Now I’m fighting for the health of our country.”
The 46-year-old veteran came to Wuhan from Guangzhou to help fight the outbreak on February 19. He actively took a highly risky job -- picking up and delivering the specimens of patients from Leishenshan Hospital, one of Wuhan’s temporary hospitals treating COVID-19 infected patients.
Every day, Liu has to make two runs to the Leishenshan Hospital for his job.
The patients’ specimens will first be put in sample bags and then sealed in 95kPA jars, a container used to transport infectious substance affecting humans. All the jars will be placed in an aluminum alloy box before Liu loads them in his car and sets off.
Liu also has to wear a whole set of protection gear including an isolation suit, protective gloves, goggles, face mask and shoe covers to avoid exposure to the virus at his job.
After several rounds of disinfection, these samples will have to be sent to Wuhan Jinyu pharmaceutical testing company’s Nucleic Acid Test Lab, one of the local institutions providing the service of testing for the COVID-19, within 30 minutes.
“It’s my responsibility to transport patients’ specimen to the lab safely and quickly.” He said.
(Compiled by Li Bowen)