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China Daily / 2020-02 / 14 / Page018

Specialist hunts for clues to detect virus

XINHUA | Updated: 2020-02-14 00:00

HEFEI-While most people are taking measures to avoid the novel coronavirus that has claimed more than 1,000 lives in China, Bu Ge has been in close contact with it for at least eight hours a day over the past three weeks.

The virus sits in his hands and fills the air in his laboratory-which perhaps is the riskiest venue in the megacity of Fuyang, East China's Anhui province. Bu is responsible for nucleic acid detection.

Soon his goggles fog, and he has to keep his eyes wide open to continue testing. "We are extremely strained. The density of the virus here is much higher than in a hospital, and we must make sure the hazmat suits are worn properly," says Bu.

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