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Photo Sketch: The Light and Dark Sides of the Coronavirus Epidemic

摘要: Both industry and individuals right across the country have undergone a range of emotions in coming to terms with the epidemic, from confusion to acceptance to brave confrontation.

The coronavirus epidemic outbreak struck the nation and its people totally out of the blue.

Both industry and individuals right across the country have undergone a range of emotions in coming to terms with the epidemic, from confusion to acceptance to brave confrontation.

People have been experiencing mixed emotions: anxiety merged with hope, the pain of coming to grips with lives lost, and touching moments, as people all over the country come together to battle the crisis.

There has been a myriad of tales: some infuriated us with the foolishness they displayed; others warmed our hearts.

TMTPOST has received numerous photos from our readers. We are exhibiting them here to open a window of communication and documentation.
A senior citizen, unable to go outside due to the epidemic, has a go at

A senior citizen, unable to go outside due to the epidemic, tries his hand at 'Game For Peace' (a battle royale-style shooter game) in the confines of his home. (Baoji, Shanxi Province, February 9, 2020)

Internet rumors that pets could catch and spread the coronavirus may have led to the abandonment of this dog.  (Yongshun Town, Tongzhou District, Beijing, February 9,  2020)

Internet rumors that pets could catch and spread the coronavirus may have led to the abandonment of this dog. (Yongshun Town, Tongzhou District, Beijing, February 9, 2020)

A man holds up a bottle of disinfectant made from 96% alcohol vodka.

A man holds up a bottle of disinfectant made from 96% alcohol vodka.

A JD logistics drone carrying a box of protective and disinfection supplies lands in the village of Yangliuzhuang in Anxin County, Baoding. The epidemic brought the Baiyangdian Ferry to a halt, causing the villagers huge inconvenience; they might have to walk a 100-kilometer detour just to purchase goods, if not for the JD drone being able to cross the lake, cutting the distance to just 2 kilometers.  (Baoding, Hebei Province, February 8,  2020)

A JD logistics drone carrying a box of protective and disinfection supplies lands in the village of Yangliuzhuang in Anxin County, Baoding. The epidemic brought the Baiyangdian Ferry to a halt, causing the villagers huge inconvenience; they might have to walk a 100-kilometer detour just to purchase goods, if not for the JD drone being able to cross the lake, cutting the distance to just 2 kilometers. (Baoding, Hebei Province, February 8, 2020)

"Fully armed" cashiers in a supermarket (Wangjing Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, February 8, 2020)

An on-duty security guard wears a N95 mask. (Tiananmen Square, Beijing, February 7, 2020)

An on-duty security guard wears a N95 mask. (Tiananmen Square, Beijing, February 7, 2020)

The message

The message "Farewell to Li Wenliang" was written into the snow along the banks of Tonghui River in Beijing. Li Wenliang, an ophthalmologist at the Central Hospital of Wuhan, is now commonly known as the whistleblower of the outbreak. He issued an early warning on the epidemic back on 30 December 2019 and was hence reprimanded along with seven other doctors by the Wuhan police for "posting false information on the internet". Later, Mr. Li contracted the new coronavirus pneumonia during clinical consultation. All medical efforts failed and his death was announced at 2:58 a.m., 7 February 2020 in the Central Hospital of Wuhan. (Beijing, February 7, 2020)

A masked snowman.  (Fengtai District, Beijing, February 6, 2020)

A masked snowman. (Fengtai District, Beijing, February 6, 2020)

Pedestrians head home through the snow having picked up their stay-at-home supplies from the supermarket. (Daxing District, Beijing, February 6, 2020)

Pedestrians head home through the snow having picked up their stay-at-home supplies from the supermarket. (Daxing District, Beijing, February 6, 2020) 

Volunteers from the Orange County Chinese Association pack 60 cases of medical masks to be sent to Wuhan. (Woodbury, N.Y. State, U.S.A., February 6, 2020)

Volunteers from the Orange County Chinese Association pack 60 cases of medical masks to be sent to Wuhan. (Woodbury, N.Y. State, U.S.A., February 6, 2020)

Citizens are required to queue up to buy masks. An appointment must be made one day in advance, with 5 masks the maximum purchase amount per appointment. This lady’s ticket indicates she is 31st in line. (Dalian, Liaoning Province, February 5,  2020)

Citizens are required to queue up to buy masks. An appointment must be made one day in advance, with 5 masks the maximum purchase amount per appointment. This lady’s ticket indicates she is 31st in line. (Dalian, Liaoning Province, February 5, 2020)

A citizen finds the package of his ordered take-out stapled with a

A citizen finds the package of his ordered take-out stapled with a "card of assurance" on which the body temperatures of the cook, caterer and take-out driver are all recorded. (Guangzhou, February 4, 2020)

Food items are almost completely snapped up from a supermarket’s shelves.  (Chaoyang District, Beijing, February 3,  2020)

Food items are almost completely snapped up from a supermarket's shelves. (Chaoyang District, Beijing, February 3, 2020)

A restaurant is converted into a vegetable stall to sell raw vegetables, as citizens refrain from buying cooked food. (Jintai District, Baoji, Shan

A restaurant is converted into a vegetable stall to sell raw vegetables, as citizens refrain from buying cooked food. (Jintai District, Baoji, Shan'xi Province, February 3, 2020)

Slogans reading

Slogans reading "Come on, Wuhan! Come on, China!" are affixed to a shelf in a convenience store on the island of Okinawa. (Okinawa, Japan, February 1, 2020)

An IT trainer works remotely from home due to the outbreak of the epidemic. (Chifeng, Inner Mongolia, January 31, 2020)

An IT trainer works remotely from home due to the outbreak of the epidemic. (Chifeng, Inner Mongolia, January 31, 2020)

A slogan reading

A slogan reading "Be strong, China. Come on!" lights up the Nasdaq screen in Times Square. (New York, U.S.A., January 31, 2020)

A worker disinfects the facilities inside a residential community.  (Changsha, Hunan Province,  January 28, 2020)

A worker disinfects the facilities inside a residential community. (Changsha, Hunan Province, January 28, 2020)

Beijing subway line 10 on January 27, the third day of the New Year.

Beijing subway line 10 on January 27, the third day of the New Year.

Coach attendants test each other

Coach attendants test each other's body temperatures on the G65 high speed train from Beijing to Zhuhai, Guangdong. (January 25, 2020) 

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This article was edited by @Dido Pang . The original Chinese version was written by @TMTPOST Image

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