HKU on Coronavirus (Mar 26-Apr 1)


HKU in the news (Mar 26-Apr 1)

Mar 31 HKU microbiologist Dr Ho Pak-leung warns that cough droplets can travel up to eight meters in humid weather (Professor Ho Pak-leung) (link)

Mar 31 HKU epidemiologist estimates the actual infected cases of COVID-19 may be much more than reported as many patients are asymptomatic (Professor Benjamin Cowling) (link)

Mar 31 HKU School of Public Health study finds coronavirus can survive in the outer layer of masks for seven days (link)

Mar 30 HKU study led by microbiologist Professor Yuen kwok-yung suggests the first seven days after being infected are most critical to patients (Professor Yuen Kwok-yun) (link)

Mar 29 HKU microbiologist Professor Yuen kwok-yung suggests if the daily surge continues, coronavirus patients with mild or no symptoms could be sent to quarantine facilities to reduce the pressure on the health care system  (Professor Yuen Kwok-yun) (link)

Mar 28 HKU Public health team finds was highly stable for an extended period at 4°C (link)

Mar 28 HKU Dean of Medicine estimates 40% confirmed patients infected by asymptomatic hidden carriers and the outbreak will slowdown until half of the population have antibodies (Professor Gabriel Leung) (link)

Mar 27 HKU epidemiologist says there is no need for a lockdown of the city despite an increase in the number of local outbreaks (Professor Benjamin Cowling) (link)

Mar 27 HKU microbiologist Dr Ho Pak-leung suggests to limit public gathering to 2-3 people aiming to enforce social distancing (Professor Ho Pak-leung) (link)

Mar 26 HKU virologist reports the identification of SARS-CoV-2-related coronaviruses in Malayan pangolins (Manis javanica) seized in anti-smuggling operations in southern China (Professor Guan Yi) (link)

Mar 26 HKU Dean of Medicine thinks extreme social distancing is hard to keep up and both Hong Kong and Singapore may be on the brink of a “major sustained local outbreak” (Professor Gabriel Leung) (link)