Chinese Union, a student nonprofit at UC San Diego, has raised more than $17,500 for medical supplies to help Chinese communities at the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak, the university announced Wednesday.
The group raised the money to purchase thousands of protective coveralls, medical goggles and face masks for several hospitals in Hubei province — the home to Wuhan, where the outbreak began — and neighboring Henan province.
“We have always done fundraising, and we are a service-oriented student group,” said Pei-Yun Tsai, a member of the organization. “When we heard reports that some hospitals are running out of medical necessities, we felt the need to do something to help.”
In addition to the supplies purchased, the group has also collected 5,000 coveralls, 10,000 face masks and 2,000 goggles waiting to be transported to provincial hospitals in need.
“We have been worried about our families back home, though no members have families who have been diagnosed,” said Tsai, a business psychology major at UCSD. “A friend of mine said there were a couple of cases down the road from where her families lives, so it has of course been concerning.”
Members of the organization have been translating news from UCSD regarding coronavirus both locally and abroad and posting information to their WeChat platform so subscribers back home can stay informed.
Novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has spread across the globe, with more than 81,200 cases and 2,770 deaths — the majority of which have been in China.
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