“We consciously avoid going out, disinfect diligently and wear masks,” wrote one Wuhan resident in a Weibo post.
“But there is a lack of food and disinfectants, and we need more resources. We hope everyone can understand that we are feeling as though it is the end of the world.”
The number of confirmed deaths has risen to 17, with more than 570 confirmed infected, officials said.
“I have not gone out of the house for around two days,” a 26-year-old surnamed Mao told AFP.
He said last time he went out, surgical masks were selling for a higher-than-normal price of 50 RMB ($7). After he bought some, the person behind him in the queue bought the remaining stock in the shop.
In Wuhan, guests at one hotel were checked for fevers and handed anti-bacterial gel, and told breakfast would be served directly to rooms.
“The new pneumonia is our new common enemy,” Shi Chengwei, a driver in Wuhan, told AFP.
“I believe the Wuhan people will be able to emerge victorious.”