HKU on Coronavirus (Apr 16-22)


HKU in the news (Apr 16-Apr 22)

Apr 21 HKU study suggests that COVID-19 may widen the digital divide among students and schools as online learning gains popularity (link)

Apr 20 HKU epidemiologist thinks it would be more important to avoid prolonged close contact with other people in crowded areas and people coughing or ill should stay at home (Professor Benjamin Cowling) (link)

Apr 20 HKU Dean of Medicine considers a rapid lifting of contact bans and social distancing measures to be irresponsible and believes the corona crisis will be with us for a long time (Professor Gabriel Leung) (link)

Apr 19 HKU says over half of the recovered patients have enough antibodies for plasma transfusion to rescue severe patients of COVID-19 in a week at the earliest (Professor Ivan Hung) (link)

Apr 19 HKU announces that in view of the pandemic and its impact on the economy, the University will establish a Relief Fund with a target of HK$10 million for the support of students and community members in need. HKU President Professor Xiang Zhang and all five Vice Presidents will take the lead to donate 10% of their salaries for 12 months, and will be encouraging HKU staff and other members to contribute to the cause as well (link)

Apr 17 HKU epidemiologist comments Hong Kong has demonstrated that COVID-19 transmission can be effectively contained without resorting to the highly disruptive complete lockdown (Professor Benjamin Cowling) (link)

Apr 17 HKU microbiologist Dr Ho Pak-leung says that Hong Kong could loosen its anti-epidemic measures only after no cases have been recorded for 28 consecutive days (Professor Ho Pak-leung) (link)