Wuhan ground to a halt on Thursday as the travel ban came into effect.
The three main railway stations, 13 bus stations, the entire subway network and almost all city bus lines were shut down at 10 a.m. Thursday. Half of the 566 flights scheduled at Wuhan's international airport for Thursday were canceled, as were 251 ferry sailings on the Yangtze River, according to the Wuhan Transportation Bureau.
Some people resorted to extreme measures to escape the travel ban. One man who couldn't get a taxi to the station to catch an earlier train convinced a food delivery guy to give him a lift on his scooter. The desperate traveler paid $72 to have the delivery guy, who would usually make less than half that in a day, drop him at the station. "We were flying," he said.
Sure, it was currency and not PMs that he used, but PMs are money when faith in fiat currency is lost.