Coronavirus patients display optimism through dancing
Updated 20:16, 15-Feb-2020

A total of nine makeshift hospitals in Wuhan City have been receiving patients showing mild symptoms of the novel coronavirus. Coronavirus patients dancing and exercising at the hospitals developed in different stages. First, only one or two patients danced to release tension. Thereafter, medics joined the groups, teaching patients breathing exercises and movements to protect their lungs. Medics from Shandong Province taught patients Baduanjin medical qigong, known as “eight pieces of brocade”, a traditional exercise from the Song Dynasty. Medics from China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region danced more professionally. These culminated in patients having dance battles at makeshift hospitals to cheer themselves up, leaving limited space for medics to join them in their revelry.