Time to think fast“办法总比困难多”：抗疫路上的中国智慧。
In the fight against the new coronavirus, Chinese people have come up with creative (创新的) solutions (解决办法) to different problems. They have shown their wisdom (智慧) during hard times.
All for masks
During the outbreak, medical supplies (供应) such as masks are needed by many. To increase (增加) production, over 3,000 Chinese companies have changed their production lines (生产线) to make medical equipment. For example, a company that used to make clothes spent 55 hours changing their production lines and is now able to make 1,200 protective medical suits (医疗防护服) every day. Several automakers (汽车制造商) in China have also turned their production lines into mask-making lines. Guangzhou Automobile is now able to make 1 million masks per day.
The idea of “sharing workers (共享员工)” has become popular during the outbreak. As most people are staying at home, many workers in restaurants, cinemas and shopping malls have no work and are not getting paid. Meanwhile, online orders of groceries (食品杂货) and medical supplies grow, leaving e-business platforms (平台) such as JD.com and Freshhema shorthanded (人手短缺).
As a result, many unemployed people have started to look for part-time jobs. As of Feb 10, over 1,800 workers had started their new short-term jobs as delivery (送货) workers with Freshhema, Xinhua reported. The local government of the Shanghai Pudong New District even set up a platform for workers and companies to find each other.
In cities like Wuhan that have large numbers of infected (被感染的) people, more hospital beds are needed. The quickest way to solve this problem is to build makeshift (临时的) hospitals.
On Jan 23 and 25, respectively (分别地), the government decided to build Huoshenshan Hospital and Leishenshan Hospital in Wuhan. More than 4,000 workers worked 24/7 in two shifts (轮班), and nearly 1,000 pieces of large equipment and transport vehicles (运输车辆) helped them build the hospitals.
Within less than 15 days, the two hospitals were finished. They provide about 2,600 beds. The amazing speed impressed many people around the world.
“China has a record of getting things done fast even for monumental projects (大型项目) like this,” said Yanzhong Huang, a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations. “This is very hard for Westerners to imagine,” Huang added.