HKU on Coronavirus (Jul 14-Jul 30)


HKU in the news (Jul 14-Jul 30)

Jul 30 HKU Chief of Infectious disease helps devise the scheme of HK’s first makeshift hospital, and patients would be separated into three groups upon arrival at the “mobile cabin hospital” (Professor Ivan Hung) (link)

Jul 30 HKU School of Public Health reveals the effective reproduction number is 1.1 as compared to 4.2 at the end of June and expects the third wave might end by the end of August (link)

Jul 30 HKU microbiologist Professor Yuen kwok-yung advises HK people to eat take-away meals at restaurants and tidy up after eating (Professor Yuen Kwok-yun) (link)

Jul 27 HKU epidemiologist hopes to see the number of coronavirus patients peak this week - but warned that it would still be another one to two months before the numbers come close to zero (Professor Benjamin Cowling) (link)

Jul 26 HKU microbiologist Dr Ho Pak-leung describes the arrangement of allowing incoming sailors to leave the testing facilities before the results were available, and exempting them from quarantine, as the equivalent of “a doorless chicken coop” (Professor Ho Pak-leung) (link)

Jul 26 HKU microbiologist Dr Sridhar Siddharth thinks the sharp increase in number of cases in July may be due to indoor gathering during the 2 public holidays (Professor Sridhar Siddharth) (link)

Jul 26 HKUMed study led by microbiologist Professor Yuen kwok-yung shows 3 drugs are effective in curing the coronavirus, reducing the virus load by 65-85% (Professor Yuen Kwok-yun) (link)

Jul 26 HKU Dean of Medicine thinks the third wave was probably because of the multiple imported cases and it could be the crew members or sailors exempted from quarantine (Professor Gabriel Leung) (link)

Jul 24 HKU microbiologist Dr Ho Pak-leung calls for a total ban on dine-in services and that people in all public areas should wear masks (Professor Ho Pak-leung) (link)

Jul 23 HKU Dean of Medicine thinks Hong Kong’s third wave of Covid-19 cases could peak in two weeks, with sweeping social-distancing measures bringing the ratio of the number of people infected by each carrier down by more than two-thirds over the past fortnight (Professor Gabriel Leung) (link)

Jul 22 HKU microbiologist Dr Ho Pak-leung thinks HK government should step up measures against coronavirus, which include prohibition of in-house dining throughout the day and compulsory mask wearing (Professor Ho Pak-leung) (link)

Jun 18 HKU microbiologist Professor Yuen kwok-yung worries each of the 3 infected clerks at Tuen Mun Eye Centre may have interacted with 200 different patients a day (Professor Yuen Kwok-yun) (link)

Jun 18 HKU professor, who studies infection control and air, thinks that virus transmitted through the air played a role in many of superspreading cases (Professor Yuguo Li) (link)

Jul 18 HKU Dean of Medicine thinks HK government should stock up vaccines and other infection-related resources when facing the third wave of outbreak  (Professor Gabriel Leung) (link)

Jun 16 HKU study by mechanical engineering department reveals coronavirus can spread over 9.5m under opportunistic airborne in enclosed environment (Professor Yuguo Li) (link) (link)

Jun 15 HKU microbiologist Professor Yuen kwok-yung calls for extended testing because elderly people are slow to show immune response to coronavirus (Professor Yuen Kwok-yun) (link)