DAYS IN WUAHN
During the COVID-19 pandemic
Greetings from Wuhan!
My nAME is João Pedrosa and I am from Portugal.
Battery industry was and is my work life.
I had started working in 1984, just after finished the university, as product engineer on the fascinating battery world.
In 2018, I joined to Hoppecke. After being in our headquarters for some months in Germany, in beginning of 2019 I came to Wuhan with the role of Technical Director.
It was the first time that I travelled to China, but I liked immediately the town, its fantASTIc people and its tasty food.
As it was known, on January 23rd it was imposed a draconian, but necessary, lockdown to Wuhan. In the follow days I was contacted by the embassy of my country, informing me that a flight it was under preparation to remove the Portuguese that were in Hubei. On February 2nd, the rescue flight it was done, but I didn’t joint my compatriots.
DAYS IN WUHAN
I took the decision of staying in Wuhan.
I was not able to leave and abandon my Chinese co-workers/friends.
China received with open arms – I couldn’t turn back on him in face of an adversity. Admittedly, what was ahead was scary, but I never any douBT that the country and the Chinese would overcome the terrible enemy.
I was also sure that I could count on with the full support of my great co-workers.
DAYS IN WUHAN
Mr. Pedrosa虽独自一人在武汉生活，但在疫情期间他并不是孤立无援，当地社区服务和后勤保障确保供应小区居民每日生活的必需品，所在小区为各家各户发放爱心菜的暖心一幕被Mr. Pedrosa记录了下来。Mr. Pedrosa每天还通过微信和公司同事保持联系，了解当前疫情防控最新进展、交流居家健身妙招、分享自制的中式葡萄牙菜。Mr. Pedrosa为让同事放心发来自拍，尽管戴着口罩，但不难看出口罩之下洋溢着的是对武汉充满信心的笑脸。而Mr.Pedrosa每次和同事聊天的结尾，大家总会心照不宣的这样结束：
Stay Safe！Stay Healthy！
Of course, that the long quarantine wasn’t easy, but it was nothing when compared to the suffERIng of all ones, and their families, which were attacked by the diseASE as well the vast sacrifice of all the people that were in frontline hardly fighting the coronavirus.
I stay amazed with the means that were put in place to combat the epidemic - I will never forget for the rest of my life the extraordinary disposal of resources.
I will always remember with pleasure the enormous assistance and attention that was given me by my colleagues and by the volunteers of my community during the long quarantine.