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The New York Times previously reported that nearly 94 percent of businesses in the city — which amounts to about 11,000 — have resumed their operations by mid-April. While the city tries to heal economically from the outbreak, its residents will also need time to heal emotionally from the experience, as a major portion of China's COVID-19 deaths came from Wuhan alone.
“Wuhan people experienced it firsthand,” Yan Hui, a Wuhan native in her 50s who recovered from the coronavirus told the Times. “Their friends got sick. Their friends and friends’ relatives died. Right before their eyes, one by one, they left us. Their understanding of this disaster is deeper compared to people in other cities.”
As the United States continues to grapple with stopping the spread of the coronavirus, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned earlier this month that an attempt at reaching herd immunity could lead to an "enormous" death toll.
"If everyone contracted it, even with the relatively high percentage of people without symptoms … a lot of people are going to die," Fauci said in an Instagram conversation with Matthew McConaughey. "You look at the United States of America with our epidemic of obesity as it were. With the number of people with hypertension. With the number of people with diabetes."
"If everyone got infected, the death toll would be enormous and totally unacceptable," he explained.
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