Written by: Yuan Yan
2020-01-21 10:27Last updated: 2020-01-21 10:28
Cases of new-type coronavirus pneumonia in the Mainland have soared. Not only have some cases been transmitted, but the disease has spread to cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Zhuhai, and Shenzhen, with more than 200 confirmed cases nationwide. He Bailiang, director of the Center for Infection and Infectious Diseases of the University of Hong Kong, said today (21st) that the new type of coronavirus may have been adapted from person to person when attending the Hong Kong and Taiwan program "Millennium". It is now at the peak of influenza in Hong Kong. If Wuhan pneumonia erupts in Hong Kong, the consequences will be very serious. He believes that the current response of the Hong Kong Government lags behind the situation and preparations should be made before the incident.
He Bailiang also said that the mainland will start the Spring Festival from January 10, and figures show that Wuhan is expected to send 15 million people to the country, and most of them will go south. It is expected that the number of confirmed cases before the Lunar New Year will increase a lot, and the increase in Guangdong will be more obvious.
It is predicted that the number of confirmed diagnoses in Guangdong may increase significantly
For two days, the number of confirmed cases in the Mainland has risen sharply. He Bailiang, director of the Center for Infectious and Infectious Diseases of the University of Hong Kong, described the current situation as "two red lights". The first is that the number of confirmed cases has risen in a short period of time. It is widely transmitted outside Wuhan and involves person-to-person transmission. It is estimated that the virus is adapting or has already adapted to human-to-human transmission.
He said that reagents for rapid tests should be distributed nationwide, and he believed that the number of confirmed cases in more cities would increase. He cited Alibaba's big data analysis, saying that during the Spring Festival, 15 million people will flow to all parts of the country during the Spring Festival. Most of the population will go south and the number of confirmed diagnoses in Guangdong will increase significantly.
Outbreaks may also occur in hotels and private areas
At present, passengers from Wuhan to Hong Kong need to fill out a health declaration form. He Bailiang pointed out that this was the correct decision, but the effect still depends on whether the support staff is sufficient. The government's actions should be more active and implemented faster. In addition, he pointed out that in addition to medical staff to take epidemic prevention measures, outbreaks may also occur in hotels and some private places.
He Bailiang believes that the Hong Kong government's current response is behind the situation and should make preparations before an incident occurs. (Photo / Photo by Lu Yiming)
Call for publicity for epidemic prevention offensive
He Bailiang said that Hong Kong is currently at the peak of influenza, and wards and emergency rooms are crowded. If Wuhan pneumonia occurs at the same time, the consequences will be very serious. He described the Hong Kong government's current response measures as lagging behind the situation, "some were caught off guard."
He pointed out that the Hong Kong Government should not wait until the first case of Hong Kong appears, and should now be prepared to stress that "the virus will not wait for you." He believes that a networked "fever clinic" should be implemented immediately for shunting, and that patients who may be infected with new pneumonia should not stay in the emergency department for too long. In addition, he believes that propaganda offensives against epidemic prevention measures should be done at this moment, including isolation measures should also be prepared in advance. He also reminded if the outbreak in Hong Kong is sufficient for the "vacation camps" for isolation.
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