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【SHINE】Shanghai specialists to track coronavirus origins in Wuhan

February 17, 2020      Author: Cai Wenjun

Doctors bid farewell with their families on Monday morning.

A team consisting of six medical experts from Shanghai's Ruijin Hospital left for Wuhan, Hubei Province, on Monday to carry out etiological and diagnostic research on COVID-19 in the heart of the current epidemic.

The team was ordered by the National Health Commission, and its members will study the etipathological processes of the virus' origins to provide more scientific data for clinical diagnosis and treatment, as well as support for follow-up research.

After official orders came in on Sunday afternoon to assemble a team, 12 specialists came forward to volunteer. The hospital selected six of its most seasoned experts for the mission.

The team will face a different set of risks compared with doctors and nurses treating patients. The group received special safety training on Sunday night and each member cut their hair short as a precaution against infection.