Doctors and volunteers have been risking their lives on the frontline to help patients battling the Wuhan virus in China
Unsure if they will return, recent footage showed them sobbing and hugging their families as they bid them goodbye
The whole incident has been described as the "coronavirus suicide mission", as US politican Solomon Yue likened it to firefighters who previously fought during the Chernobyl disaster.
During the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, many of those firefighters had sacrificed their lives to put out blazes. Those who survived suffered years later from radiation exposure.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared a global health emergency, as the outbreak continues to spread outside of China
As of today, 31 January, the number of deaths in China has surpassed 200 with almost 10,000 cases of the virus.
Cases outside of China have been increasing and are estimated to be over 100, according to The Guardian.
In an attempt to curb the outbreak, at least 16 cities - including Wuhan - have been put on lockdown. Business Insider revealed that it is the largest quarantine in human history.
In the midst of all the bad news, an encouraging video recently emerged of Wuhan residents collectively chanting 'jia you' which simply translated means 'keep on persevering'