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COVID-19: the distinction between a disease and an epidemic

27 Mar 2020

Education and information are crucial factors in the management of infectious disease. The distinction between the disease and the epidemic is key.

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Topics: Hong Kong Health, Preventative Healthcare/Medicine, COVID-19

How Nutrition and Lifestyle Can Improve Immunity Against Viral Infections

26 Feb 2020

Fortunately immunity to viruses is generalizable, and strong immunity will help to protect us against all viruses. A healthy lifestyle with sound nutrition will not only protect us against cold and flu, but also yield multiple other health benefits, such as delaying ageing and enhancing the quality of life.

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Topics: Hong Kong Health, Preventative Healthcare/Medicine, Functional Medicine, COVID-19

What is the latest on COVID-19: the epidemic

21 Feb 2020

Updated on March 27th 2020, written by Dr David Owens.

To understand the risk of catching COVID-19 we need to understand the epidemic.

Understanding epidemics is maths and data. To try to simplify this complex process I will describe the epidemic curves (below) and continue the analogy of the epidemic as a fire.

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Topics: Hong Kong Health, Preventative Healthcare/Medicine, COVID-19

What is the latest on COVID-19: the disease

21 Feb 2020

Updated on March 27th 2020, written by Dr David Owens.

We continue to get more data and information is evolving on a daily basis. I will continue to update this information in terms of:

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Topics: Hong Kong Health, Preventative Healthcare/Medicine, COVID-19

5 Helpful Ways to Strengthen your Immune System

10 Feb 2020

As your body’s first line of defence, your immune system plays a crucial role in protecting your health by fighting against foreign viruses and bacteria. When attacked, your immune system triggers a response and releases antibodies to attach to foreign substances and remove them. 

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Topics: Hong Kong Health, Preventative Healthcare/Medicine, Functional Medicine

Communicating risk in an epidemic: a personal perspective

5 Feb 2020

Updated on March 18th 2020, written by Dr David Owens.

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Topics: Hong Kong Health, Preventative Healthcare/Medicine, COVID-19

COVID-19: why has WHO declared a global emergency now?

31 Jan 2020

All significant epidemics become politicized. The decision to declare an emergency can be divided into two factors.

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Topics: Hong Kong Health, Preventative Healthcare/Medicine, COVID-19

How a Virus Spreads: Droplet Infections

29 Jan 2020

Infections like Coronavirus are spread when an infected individual coughs an explosive aerosol which contains infected virus.

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Topics: Hong Kong Health, Preventative Healthcare/Medicine

COVID-19: why do we close schools & how do public health controls work?

28 Jan 2020

It is important to appreciate that in epidemics we do not close schools specifically because we fear for the impact of the disease on our children. Fortunately, early data suggests that the complications of COVID-19 are not affecting children.  School closures work by reducing the spread of mild illness and other disease. This boosts the general immunity of the population and makes it less likely that any epidemic will grow.

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Topics: Hong Kong Health, Preventative Healthcare/Medicine, COVID-19