The outbreak of the novel coronavirus epidemic shook every Chinese. The first thing I would check in the morning was the updates of new confirmed cases. I prayed that the growth curve could slow down a bit and fall earlier. The most eye-catching part of the data sheet was the number of deaths. It was not a cold figure, for behind the death toll were numerous broken families. At that moment, I thought of a remark by Kitano: What is a disaster? A disaster is not the death of 20,000 people. It is death happening 20,000 times.
To supply more sickbeds to treat COVID-19 patients in a centralized way, Wuhan followed the model of Beijing Xiaotangshan Hospital in the fight against SARS in 2003. It hence built two make-shift hospitals, by the name of Huoshenshan and Leishenshan. It took only 10 days to complete the Huoshenshan Hospital, from project design to construction and to delivery. It showed once again the China speed. As I watched video clips on TV on the entire construction process, a sense of pride welled up in my heart eulogizing the power of the motherland. I was also hit by a sense of confidence and mission as an engineer. I knew how hard it was to work the miracle, as more than 7,000 builders dedicated themselves day and night. The China speed was a belief to share weal and woe, and unite as one. The builders were not maniacs, but loyal soldiers constructing the life-saving fortress with flesh and blood.