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By | February 1st, 2020 | Newsletter

Dear members,

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Wuhan, China, has sparked fear and anxiety around the world in the last week. In reporting infectious disease of this extent there can be a fundamental misunderstanding of the distinction between the disease and the epidemic process. This has the potential to cause confusion and increase anxiety for us all. Information and education remain the key factors in controlling epidemics of infectious disease. HECL members are spread all around the world, and in this case we are particularly concerned not only because this is now a global health emergency but also because some of you are actually based in China.

Since this is a new disease, there are presently many uncertainties about both the disease and the epidemic. China has introduced large-scale public health measures in order to slow down the rate of progression and the potential size of the epidemic. Other countries have been quick to act against the risk of new infection outbreaks outside China. At the moment data are still crude and evolve on a daily basis, but it seems that the mortality remains relatively low, and less severe than SARS at a similar point in the epidemic. As we understand more about the disease the mortality is likely to fall.

With the current information available, it is suggested that the route of human-to-human transmission of Covid-19 is either via respiratory droplets or close personal contact. Like influenza it is spread when an infected person coughs and spread the infected virus. In practice most of the virus from the cough goes onto surfaces or the floor and the greatest risk of infection is to pick the virus up on fingers which then make contact with the nose or eyes.

Consequently, isolating infectious individuals and closing schools where infections tend to spread are efficient public health actions. At an individual level we also have the responsibility to limit our exposure risk in order not to contract the illness. Hand washing remains the single most important preventive measure, but wearing masks and reducing public mixing (work and travel) are also complementary appropriate measures.

Immunization reduces also the risk of any epidemic taking hold. Immunity is influenced by many factors including age and the presence of other illness. A balanced lifestyle which we at Puerfons regularly promote such as healthy diet, exercise, adequate rest and avoiding stress also increase our immunity.

Data over the next few weeks will make epidemic projections more reliable. We would encourage you to critically analyse all medical information you may encounter and ask if it is rational and logical. Global panic at that stage is unwarranted. For the ones of you living in a risk zone, the preventive measures mentioned here above like increased hand washing, not touching your face and limited crowd exposure are very good precautions to avoid getting sick.

We will continue to follow the situation very closely in the next weeks. In the time being please take good care of your health.

By | February 1st, 2020 | 會員通訊


上週在中國武漢爆發的新型冠狀病毒引起了全世界的恐懼和焦慮。在報告這種傳染病時,大眾很有可能會從基本上誤解該病與其於全球成為流行疾病過程之間的分別。這有可能引起我們所有人的困惑並增加焦慮。加強信息傳播和教育仍然是控制傳染病流行的關鍵因素。 Puerfons的會員遍布世界各地,在這種情況下,我們尤其關注的不僅因為這是全球衛生的緊急情況,而且還因為你們當中一些人居住在中國。



在個人層面上,我們亦有責任限制自己暴露於病毒中的風險,以免感染疾病。洗手仍然是最重要的預防措施,但戴口罩和減少公共場所的工作(旅行和出差)也是適當的支援措施。良好的免疫力也可降低任何流行病傳染的風險。免疫力受許多因素影響,包括年齡和其他疾病。 Puerfons經常提倡的均衡生活方式,例如健康飲食、養成運動的習慣、充足的休息和避免壓力,也可以提高我們的免疫力。

接下來數週的數據可令預測該病毒的流行性更加可靠。 我們鼓勵您認真分析接收到的所有醫療信息,並詢問其是否合理。 在這階段,全球恐慌是沒有根據的。 對於生活在危險區域的人們來說,上文提到的預防措施,例如勤洗手、不觸摸臉部和限制暴露於外等,是避免患病的最好預防措施。



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