The first Chinese patient to recover from a new deadly virus has described how medics gave him treatment in the intensive care units in Wuhan.
The 23-year-old man, known by his surname Huang, initially went to the hospital because of headache, dizziness and lack of strength.
He was found to be infected with the new strain of coronavirus after failing to recover from his symptoms, which resembled that of a cold, following three days of medication at a local hospital, he told the press.
The first Chinese patient to recover from a new deadly virus has described how medics gave him treatment in the intensive care units in Wuhan. Mr Huang, 23, works in a train station
In an interview with Chinese video outlet Pear, Mr Huang said he initially went to the hospital because of headache, dizziness and lack of strength, but his condition worsened quickly
He was found to be infected with the new strain of coronavirus after failing to recover from his symptoms, which resembled that of a cold, following three days of medication, he told media
At least 17 people - all in the central Chinese province of Hubei - have been killed by the new strain of coronavirus, and more than 500 people have been infected in the country.
Wuhan government has ordered all residents to wear face masks in public places.
Five other countries and regions, including the United States, Thailand and Japan, have also reported confirmed cases.
'I recovered the fastest because I am young. I am only 23,' the man told Chinese news outlet Pear in an interview.
This picture released by the Central Hospital of Wuhan shows a medic donning full-body hazardous material suit looking after one patient who has been infected by a new deadly virus
Another medic in hazmat suit is seen checking a medical device inside the hospital's intensive care units. At least 17 people have been killed by the virus since it emerged last month
Doctors at the Central Hospital of Wuhan clench their fists to show their determination to fight the virus. 'Salute to the medical workers who fight on the front line!' the hospital said in a post
The never-before-seen pictures were taken inside the intensive care units of the Department of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine of the hospital in Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak
Mr Huang lives in Wuhan, where the virus originated, and works in Hankou Train Station.
1. At least 17 people have been killed, all in the Chinese province of Hubei
2. At least 500 people in China's 18 provinces, autonomous regions, special administrative regions and municipalities have been infected
3. The vast majority of patients are related to Wuhan, the provincial capital of Hubei with a population of around 11 million
4. Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan and the United States have all reported confirmed cases
5. The virus can be passed between humans
6. It has certain ability to spread within a neighbourhood
7. The virus has mainly been passed through the human respiratory system
8. The source of the virus has been identified as the illegally sold wildlife meat
9. The virus can evolve
10. It is more difficult for children to contract the virus, the reason remains unknown
Source: China's National Health Commission, People's Daily
The transport hub is situated about one kilometre (0.6 miles) west of Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, which is thought to be the breeding ground of the life-threatening virus.
'I had fevers repeatedly from December 28 and January 2 and was treated in quarantine,' Mr Huang told Pear.
'The medics did not expose a single inch of skin and were wrapped up firmly,' he added while describing the situation inside his ward.
According to the man, he felt the initial symptoms on December 24 and his condition worsened the next day.
Thinking it was just an ordinary cold, Mr Huang took sick leave from work and went to a local hospital to seek advice.
Doctors prescribed him Penicillin G injections and certain medicine, which he did not specify, but his health did not improve after three days of treatment.
Fearing that he might have taken sick leave for too long, the man decided to return to work, but started to have a fever on a bus to the train station.
The man said he then returned to his local hospital for more examination, and was found to have abnormal readings in his liver function tests.
On January 1, Mr Huang went to the city's Union Hospital for a second opinion and suspected to have pneumonia.
After medics reviewed his reports and were informed that his workplace was close to the seafood market, they decided to transfer him to Jinyintan Hospital - where most coronavirus patients are treated - to be quarantined.
This picture taken on January 20 shows the exterior view of the south wing of the Wuhan Medical Treatment Center, also known as the Jinyintan hospital, where many patients infected with the virus are being treated. At least 448 people in China have been sickened by the virus
Medical staff members are seen carrying a patient into the Jinyintan hospital on January 18. Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan and the United States have all reported cases
The Hubei authority is set to apply for emergency assistance from the central government to get 40 million face masks and five million hazmat suits to help it deal with the outbreak
Mr Huang said at one point he was so ill he could not move his body and had to inhale oxygen constantly.
The man attributed his speedy recovery to his young age and the meticulous care given by his sister, who had allegedly broken through the cordon outside the quarantine units to be able to look