The Take from South East Asia Archived Message
Posted by Chris Rogers on September 13, 2020, 8:48 am, in reply to "Re: I see you are not interested in the absence of virus scenario ala SK"
You may have misgivings about how the spread of Covid-19 is being slowed, or halted in a few nations, but from where I reside, the science has been clear since March this year, namely, the wearing of face masks, social distancing and regular hand sanitising slows not only the spread of C19, but also Seasonal Influenza, Hong Kong's Flu Season ending six weeks earlier than has been previous - all official data sets back up this fact.
So, lets give real facts and figures: By 3 January Hong Kong's Public Health Service was placed on its highest alert and a Crisis Management Plan put in place after SARS in 2003 was rolled out - from the onset Hong Kongers wore face masks, above 90% take up. By 25 january, with its first confirmed C19 case the HKSAR started going into Lockdown, beginning with all Face-2-Face education suspended and persons requested to work from home, further measures were adopted, among them the closure of all Public Spaces, Pubs and eateries - these measure stopped the initial outbreak in its tracks, regrettably a few quarantine loop holes allowed the virus to take hold again in late June, so, we've doubled down, the result being in one of the most crowded places on the planet our infection rate has reduced from more than 160 per day to less than 20 a day and falling - following mass testing of the population, some one in five, we can extrapolate the HKSAR currently has about 100 persons running around infected, all other infected are hospitalised and treated with anti-virals - thus far, 5000 infections in total with 100 deaths.
Do compare with Europe, but the science and evidence is there to see, unless our Asian peers have genetic traits others don't, which is bunkum.