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I got the idea for the title from a billboard I saw once. Anyway, the Chinese do construction in a hurry. We’ve seen time-lapse footage of pre-fab skyscrapers going up faster than Americans could survey the site. Now, they’re building a large hospital the same way and in record time.

China announced Friday that it is swiftly building a 1,000-bed hospital dedicated to patients infected with a new virus that has killed 26 people, sickened hundreds and prompted unprecedented lockdowns of cities during the country’s most important holiday.

On the eve of the Lunar New Year, transportation was shut down in at least 13 cities home to more than 36 million people. The cities are Wuhan, where the illness has been concentrated, and 12 of its neighbors in central China’s Hubei province.

“To address the insufficiency of existing medical resources,” Wuhan is constructing a hospital modeled after the Xiaotangshan SARS hospital in Beijing, Wuhan authorities said in a Friday notice. The facility will be a prefabricated structure on a 25,000- square-meter (270,000-square-foot) lot, slated for completion Feb. 3.

Compare that to the pace in the US where it takes years or decades for permits, committee rulings, and “buy-in.” Also, still not sure what to make of the latest version of swine flu.