Recently, a Chinese children’s book titled “Three Thousand Years of Anti-epidemic: An Ancient Chinese Anti-epidemic Story for Children” has caused heated discussions on the internet because of the image of people wearing Hanfu doing nucleic acid tests printed on the cover. Hanfu is the traditional styles of clothing worn by the Han Chinese.

NetEase reported, “Three thousand years of anti-epidemic” has been appraised by the Institute of Viruses and Infectious Diseases and the Research Center for Cultural, Social and Medical History of Nanjing University, and was published by Nanjing University Press. This article on NetEase has now been deleted.

Weixin page has an article saying that the book is a public scientific work led by researcher Chen An of the Strategic Consulting Institute of Science and Technology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

The book chronicles classic stories of Chinese people who encountered epidemics and fought against them for three thousand years from the Xian Qin Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. 

It is worth noting that although the content of the book has nothing to do with the current global COVID-19 pandemic, on the cover is an image of a man dressed in Hanfu using a cotton swab to get a sample from a child’s nose, causing netizens to mock. Sound of Hope cited comments translated from Chinese:

One said: “This picture is an ancient nucleic acid test, right?”

Other netizens also scoffed, “This is a horror story.”

“(The Chinese civilization) is about five thousand years old, (there have been) three thousand years of anti-epidemic.”

“It’s currently the third year, does that mean there are still 2,997 years left? It’s so scary.”

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