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Life and death in Wuhan: On the front lines fighting coronavirus

One doctor describes his battle at the epicenter of the outbreak in China

The most seriously ill coronavirus patients are sent to intensive care, where overworked medical staff battle overtime to save lives. (Photo by Xiao Hui/Caixin)

WUHAN, China (Caixin) -- In the coronavirus epidemic, doctors on the front lines take on the greatest risk and best understand the situation. Peng Zhiyong, director of acute medicine at the Wuhan University South Central Hospital, is one of those doctors.

In an interview on Tuesday with Caixin, Peng described his personal experiences in first encountering the disease in early January and quickly grasping its virulent potential and the need for stringent quarantine measures.

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