Have you read Matterhorn, by Karl Marlantes? You should. It's not just the best novel I've ever read about the Vietnam War, but it's also one of my irreplaceable sources of inspiration for understanding The Maw - that unlimited gluttony of the violent State to chomp on our bones and suck out our minds ... and the oddly not-so-rare instances of individual human bravery to persevere regardless.
I would bet my life that there are thousands of instances of individual human bravery persevering against The Maw happening right now ... in Wuhan ... in Wenzhou ... in dozens of other quarantined cities throughout China.
And in Xinjiang, too.