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Your Protection Against COVID-19

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20 February 2020


Your Protection Against COVID-19


The COVID-19 still sees its surge in Hong Kong, with 65 confirmed cases and 2 fatal cases as at 20.2.2020.  To slow down transmission, measures including closure of public facilities, suspension of classes, and home-office arrangement have been put in place.  People buying all sorts of protective gear, masks in particular, out of their worries for being infected.  There have been reports of masks shortage due to rising demand in Hong Kong as well as other countries.


As at 20 February 2020, the global number of confirmed COVID-19 cases exceeds 76,262, with 2,120 death cases, bringing the mortality rate to 2.8%[3].  As for seasonal influenza, according to WHO, annual epidemics worldwide are estimated to result in about up to 5 million cases of severe illness which cause up to 650,000 respiratory deaths[4] Under the COVID-19 outbreak, people worry of having no mask to wear during community transmission of the disease.  To help the public to understand how to use mask in a smart way together with sensible and proportionate preventive measures, the Hong Kong Medical Association (HKMA) called a press conference on 20 February 2020.


The HKMA President Dr HO Chung Ping, MH, JP, said “WHO advises a healthy people to wear mask only when he or she has symptoms such as cough or sneeze.  But Hong Kong is such a densely populated city, it would be better to advise people to wear mask when taking public transports or going to a busy place.  Judging from the current situation, there is a possibility for community transmission as many of the confirmed cases do not have overseas travel records.  It would be sensible to postpone gathering, avoid mass activity and stay home for social distancing is a key to reduce risk.”

Dr HO Chung Ping also pointed out “The measures of closing public facilities, class suspension, and civil servants working at home should be reviewed timely to see if extension is needed.  Nowadays there are so much good technology for distance meeting and online sharing, commercial corporates may consider to allow their employees to work at home.”


Dr HO Chung Ping opined that isolation is important to slow down transmission. “A genuine communication should be conducted between the Government and parties involved for a solution on site selection for isolation and quarantine.“



Notes to editors:


The Hong Kong Medical Association, founded in 1920, aims to bring together Hong Kong's government, institutional, university and private medical practitioners for an effective exchange of views and co-ordination of efforts.  The foremost objective of the Association is to safeguard and promote public health.  The Association speaks collectively for its members and aims to keep its members abreast of medical ethics, issues and advances around the world.  In fulfilling these goals, the association hopes to better serve the people of Hong Kong.


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