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Prepare a mask: those who make fun of us now will soon find out who the victors will be of this war a few months later

2020/3/18 — 12:12

Students and other Hong Kong residents who are planning to return to Hong Kong from Europe, the UK and the US, please note the followings:

First of all, please return as soon as possible since the epidemic is spreading and deteriorating at a speed much faster than one can imagine.

Wear a surgical mask properly once you leave for the airport and prepare some extra masks in your carry-on luggage. 

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As your flight may take up to twenty to thirty hours, including waiting time at the airport, having one mask only is definitely not enough. Borrow some masks from your friends travelling along with you if you are short of masks. Prepare a pack of wet sanitary wipes as you may not be allowed to use alcohol sanitizers on the planes.
Put on a new mask and dispose of the used mask once you have taken it off, especially if you have already worn for over a few hours. The toilets, faucets and door buttons on the planes are touched by many, therefore remember to clean your hands again with wet wipes after returning to your seat from the toilets. Clean your hands as soon as possible when you finish your meals. Replace your mask after your meals if you have already worn it for quite a long time. Also, remember to clean your hands every time after touching your mask to ensure personal hygiene.

Do not eat with your mask hanging at your chin as it will easily spread the bacteria and virus outside the mask onto your chin. Watch my YouTube video for the correct ways of wearing a mask. Try to drink less on flights because you need to take off your mask whenever you drink and hence lower the efficiency of protection.
It is important to self-isolate for 14 days after returning to Hong Kong. While COVID-19-infected persons may not show any symptom, one out of ten infected patients in Hong Kong displayed NO symptoms at all. Yet, the virus is still able to spread to others two to three days before the onset of illness. There are more than a hundred cases in Hong Kong which included chain infections within family groups due to insufficient home quarantine measures. Please do not dine with your family during the 14-day quarantine. Try to dine alone (i.e. before or after your family members have dined) and chat with them with your mask on.

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COVID-19 is indeed a severe illness. Despite a death rate of as low as 2%, 10% to 20% of patients are severe cases which require intensive care,  airway intubation, and extra medication which are yet to be proven useful. Also, there are potential complications even after recovery.

We are going through the darkest time of the pandemic now. We need to be united to fight against this war against Coronavirus. We should not be intimidated by others’ teasing on our practice of personal hygiene. We have the freedom to wear masks even when abroad. Those who make fun of us now will soon find out who the victors will be of this war a few months later. Practicing personal hygiene demonstrates good civic awareness behaviour. They are teasing only because they are ignorant; we should just forgive them and not argue back. 

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