Coronavirus patients use dance to stay positive in Chinese hospital

Doctors recommended that patients with light symptoms stay active

Coronavirus patients with minor symptoms in a Chinese hospital are using dance to stay active, shown in a video posted by Chinese state media and shared on social media.

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The dancing patients are led by health care workers in hazmat suits in a makeshift hospital in Wuhan, the Chinese city at the center of the outbreak, Daily Mail reported.

Doctors recommended that patients with light symptoms stay active, state media CCTV said, according to Daily Mail.

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They appear to be "square dancing," a form of exercise popular among retired women who dance in public places like plaza and parks.

Chinese President Xi Jinping wearing a protective face mask waves as he inspects the novel coronavirus pneumonia prevention and control work at a neighborhoods in Beijing. (Pang Xinglei/Xinhua via AP)

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Tens of thousands of cases of the illness, known as COVID-19, have been reported globally, the vast majority of them in China. The death toll from the virus in China reached 1,367 Thursday.

The virus can cause fever, coughing, wheezing and pneumonia. Health officials think it spreads mainly from droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how the flu spreads.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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