When managing epidemics of new infectious disease it is important to learn the lessons of the past, but also to recognise the specific variables and uncertainties of the present. Communicating risk in evolving epidemics involves recognising those uncertainties and being prepared to change advice on the basis of new and evolving evidence. Education, reliable information and effective communication are key factors in the management of epidemics of infectious disease.
As COVID-19 spread throughout the world, information about this new disease evolved at an unprecedented pace. We produced a timeline of this evolving process for our patients. All of our Covid-19 communications are available via the timeline allowing them to be assessed in context.
Navigate through the months to see key disease milestones.
China fully resumed travel with Hong Kong and Macau starting this date, dropping all quotas or mandatory testing requirements.
The Hong Kong Government announced the end of isolation requirements for COVID-19 patients.
OT&P published a blog titled, "What are the risks of a new Covid variant from China and what do we know about the XBB.1.5 variant?".
The Chinese government has started relaxing some of the immigration restrictions. Hong Kong also announced the reopening of borders with China, allowing people to travel without quarantine.
OT&P published a blog titled, "What next for China? Lessons from the Covid response in Hong Kong and Singapore".
The Hong Kong Government announced the end of all restrictions on arrival, ending '0 + 3' regime. Additionally, people will no longer be required to scan LeaveHomeSafe QR code to enter various premises.
OT&P published a blog titled, "Questions and Answers about the New COVID-19 Bivalent Booster".
Hong Kong's Secretary of Health approved the use of BioNTech's new COVID-19 bivalent vaccine, becoming available for emergency use at the end of November.
The Hong Kong Government announced that campsites and other outdoor venues will be reopened. Additionally, inbound travellers are now allowed to visit mask-on venues.
Starting from this day, Hong Kong loosened the restrictions further, increasing the number of diners per table from 8 to 12. The circuit breaker mechanism for cruises has also been revoked.
Hong Kong Government announced the ending of compulsory quarantine requirements upon arrival.
OT&P published a blog titled, "What next for Hong Kong Part 6: Not lying flat".
OT&P 17th Podcast episode. Doctor David Owens and Professor Ben Cowling discuss a wide range of issues around the science of Covid including the emerging 6th wave, the evidence for vaccines and masks and lessons from the Russian flu pandemic of 1889. They also discuss Long Covid and answer questions from you our listeners.
Starting from today, only customers who fulfil the requirement under the third stage of the vaccine pass will be allowed to enter catering premises and relevant scheduled premises. The government reminds eligible persons to update their electronic vaccination records.
The Hong Kong Government announced today that uninfected individuals aged 18 to 59 who are at higher risk of COVID-19 exposure or with personal needs may choose to receive a fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine from now on, no matter they have received the BioNTech or the Sinovac vaccine for their previous doses.
Starting from today, the second stage of relaxation in Hong Kong social distancing measures will be implemented as scheduled. That includes extension of the dinnertime dine-in service hours in catering premises, allowing bars/pubs as well as other scheduled premises regulated under the Prevention and Control of Disease (Requirements and Directions) (Business and Premises) Regulation (Cap. 599F) which are currently closed, and allowing eating and drinking in cinemas etc.
4,035 confirmed cases are reported this week in Hong Kong (18/4-24/4).
OT&P published an infographic titled “Long COVID in Hong Kong: What Is Long COVID and How Can It Affect You?”.
Starting from this date, catering premises’ dine-in service hours can be extended until 10 pm. Sports premises (indoor and outdoor venues), fitness centres, beauty parlours and massage establishments, places of public entertainment (including cinemas), places of amusement, game centres, event premises and religious premises are allowed to reopen. As for cinemas, while patrons are generally not allowed to eat or drink, such a restriction may be lifted in an individual house of a cinema provided that the relevant staff and customers have received three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
In Hong Kong, primary schools reopen for in-person half-day classes today. Secondary schools may restart in-person classes after the examinations of the 2022 Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination core subjects are completed.
To facilitate the use of the vaccine pass, Hong Kong people who have recovered from COVID-19 may download the recovery record QR code through the COVID-19 Electronic Vaccination & Testing Record System starting from this date.
7,642 confirmed cases are reported this week in Hong Kong (11/4-17/4).
Starting from this date, private doctors who have registered under the Electronic Health Record Sharing System can make requests for the two antivirals Paxlovid and Molnupiravir for COVID-19 patients via a dedicated electronic platform.
18,753 confirmed cases are reported this week in Hong Kong (4/4-10/4).
The Hong Kong government invited all people in Hong Kong to do a rapid antigen test (RAT) for three days in a row from April 8th to 10th, 2022. Only people who were tested positive were needed to report the information online.
Starting from this date, people aged 60 or above who are eligible to receive the fourth dose of a COVID-19 vaccine can get their jab.
42,912 confirmed cases are reported this week in Hong Kong (28/3-3/4).
CDC updated its recommendations on this date to allow certain immunocompromised individuals and people over the age of 50 who received an initial booster dose at least 4 months ago to be eligible for another mRNA booster to increase their protection against severe disease from COVID-19.
80,817 confirmed cases are reported this week in Hong Kong (21/3-27/3).
156,423 confirmed cases are reported this week in Hong Kong (14/3-20/3).
The Hong Kong Government announced that stage three of the Vaccine Pass will initiate on May 31 instead of June 30. Additionally, the grace period for people aged 12 or above to receive the third dose will be shortened to six months.
Starting from this date, all UK COVID-19 travel restrictions will be lifted, including the passenger locator form (PLF) for arrivals into UK, as well as all tests for passengers who do not qualify as vaccinated.
All beaches run by the Hong Kong Leisure & Cultural Services Department will be closed from March 18th, 2022 onwards until further notice to reduce crowds from gathering and avoid transmitting the virus.
Covid restrictions in France, including Covid-19 vaccine passport, indoor face mask mandate has been lifted today. The vaccine pass remains mandatory to access elderly home care centres however .
247,957 confirmed cases are reported this week in Hong Kong (7/3-13/3).
Barber shops and hair salons will be allowed to reopen today with the full implementation of the Vaccine Pass.
The Hong Kong Government used the Emergency Alert System for the first time to remind people that Queen Elizabeth Hospital has been designated for COVID-19 patients.
The Hong Kong Government launched an online reporting platform for people who test positive for COVID-19 using rapid antigen tests.
300,303 confirmed cases are reported this week in Hong Kong (28/2-6/3).
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention raised its travel alert for Hong Kong by two levels, citing a high level of Covid-19 transmission.
67,252 confirmed cases are reported this week in Hong Kong (21/2-27/2).
Hong Kong's Vaccine Pass Initiative commences today. Under the Vaccine Pass arrangement, people who enter or are present at catering premises, shopping malls, department stores, wet markets, supermarkets, and other premises regulated are required to have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
The Hong Kong Government set up a new dedicated community vaccination centre (CVC) at the Hong Kong Central Library in Causeway Bay to provide the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccination service for people aged 3 to 17 and those aged 60 or above.
Hong Kong Transport & Housing Bureau said a designated bus fleet will provide transport to people who tested positive for COVID-19 to community isolation facilities.
26,361 confirmed cases are reported this week in Hong Kong (14/2-20/2).
OT&P published a blog titled, "What next for Hong Kong: Dynamic zero or mitigation?".
OT&P 15th Podcast episode. Dr David Owens and Professor Ben Cowling discuss the evolving fifth wave in Hong Kong. In a change from our previous episodes, we asked our listeners to submit questions, we were overwhelmed with the response and apologise that we were not able to cover all issues.
OT&P published a blog titled, "OT&P Advice for patients who think they may have Covid-19".
The Hospital Authority today announced that seven designated clinics will come into service starting from tomorrow for people with Covid-19 symptoms but are awaiting hospital admission.
7,565 confirmed cases are reported this week in Hong Kong (7/2-13/2).
Hong Kong government announced today that it will extend the suspension of passenger flights from eight countries to March 4. This list includes Australia, Canada, France, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, the UK and the US, while the same restriction will apply to aircraft from Nepal from tomorrow.
WHO added tocilizumab, a monoclonal antibody, to its list of prequalified treatments for COVID-19 today. To date, six COVID-19 treatments have been prequalified by WHO, including the three presentations (three vials, each with a different quantity) of the product prequalified today .
Hong Kong government announced on this date that COVID-related restrictions will be tightened further. This includes reducing the private gathering limits, introducing a mandatory 14-day closure of barbershops, and implementation of a Vaccine Pass at Category D restaurantst.
The StayHomeSafe Scheme was launched on this day. Under this scheme, patients' close contacts and household members of those close contacts can arrange to undergo home quarantine for 14 days and four days respectively, if their home environments are deemed appropriate for quarantine after assessment.
1,116 confirmed cases are reported this week in Hong Kong (31/1-6/2).
820 confirmed cases are reported this week in Hong Kong (24-30/1).
CDC released a study looking into the immunity provided by vaccination and infection and concluded that vaccination is the safest way to gain protection against COVID-19.
The sixth round of the Hong Kong’s Anti-Epidemic Fund distributed more than $2 million to the tourism industry.
The Hong Kong Government announced starting from this day that bureaus and departments will implement special work arrangement, including allowing some staff to take turns working from home.
OT&P published a blog titled, "Hong Kong Covid Strategy: Will it adapt to evolving evidence and what could a Plan B look like?"
245 confirmed cases are reported this week in Hong Kong (17-23/1).
About 10,718,600 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to the people of Hong Kong, with about 5,218,500 of them receiving their first dose and about 4,740,800 of them getting their second dose.
The Hong Kong Government announced the first five-day lockdown operation at Ying Kwai House in Kwai Chung Estate along with other restriction and testing arrangements in nearby places. As of 24 January, there are 226 confirmed or preliminary positive cases.
Hong Kong’s Education Bureau announced today that all secondary schools should suspend face-to-face classes as well as all on-campus activities on or before January 24 until their Chinese New Year holidays.
OT&P 14th Podcast episode.After 6 months without a community case of Covid, we are now seeing sporadic community cases with clusters of both Omicron and Delta infections in Hong Kong. In our latest podcast Doctor David Owens and Professor Ben Cowling discuss the current situation. They discuss the dilemma of a Zero Covid strategy without a plan for exit. They consider what a plan B may look like. They also discuss the costs of the public health policy on physical and mental health and hamsters.
The UK government announced that they will drop mask mandate in the week of January 24th and will look into dropping self-isolation regulations in March or earlier.
WHO releases a statement that there is currently no evidence that children and adolescent needs COVID-19 boosters.
The Agriculture, Fisheries & Conservation Department today announced a pet hamster cull after a cluster of COVID-19 cases was discovered at a pet shop in Causeway Bay. The department has ordered all pet shops selling hamsters across Hong Kong to close temporarily. Pet owners who have recently purchased hamsters are advised to hand over their animals to the department.
106 confirmed cases are reported this week in Hong Kong (10-16/1).
OT&P published two blogs titled, "What are social distancing measures and how do they work?" and "What next for Hong Kong? Will Omicron drive a change in public health policy?".
Israel announced that they will start providing 4th dose of COVID-19 vaccines to their high-risk population (healthcare workers and people older than 60 years old).
Starting from this day, Hong Kong tightened their social distancing measures, including the closure of pubs & bars, amusement game centres, bathhouses, fitness centres, places of amusement and party rooms. All events and dine-in services at catering businesses are instructed to end at 6 pm.
The Hong Kong government issued a statement, stating that the banquet on 3 January with several officials attended, may involve another preliminary positive case who attended the event from 6 pm to 8 pm. If the case is confirmed eventually, all participants will be required to undergo quarantine. Some reports revealed there were more than 200 participants in the banquet and some of them didn’t wear masks.
HK new guidelines and rules :The Hong Kong Government announced new guidelines starting from January 7th, 2022:
Starting from February 15th, Italy also tightened its workplace vaccine rules that anyone aged over 50 who are working must present a health pass proving they have been vaccinated or currently recovering from COVID-19.
OT&P published a blog titled, "Hong Kong Government Updated Advice on Covid Boosters"
The US FDA has authorized the second antiviral pill to treat COVID-19 at home. The medicine made by Merck and Ridgeback along with Pfizer’s Paxlovid treatment for COVID-19 has been approved. The pill will only be available by prescriptions.
OT&P COVID-19 Winter Update.
OT&P Published, 'Covid 19 vaccine mandates: The arguments for and against.'
OT&P 13th Podcast episode. Dr David Owens and Professor Ben Cowling discuss the current situation in Hong Kong and the potential implications of the Omicron variant recently identified in South Africa. They discuss the dilemmas around vaccine hesitancy in the context of zero covid and specifically the threat of low vaccination rates in the vulnerable elderly. They also discuss the role of booster doses and the philosophical arguments around vaccine mandates.
Italy has implemented a “super green pass” which requires people to prove that they are vaccinated or recovering from COVID-19. Otherwise, they are no longer able to dine in or outside a restaurant, go to the gym or use public transport.
Researchers from the Department of Microbiology at HKUMed were the first team in Asia to successfully isolate the Omicron Variant.
China pledges to donate 1 Billion Covid 19 vaccines to Africa.
Hong Kong implemented additional travel restrictions on Southern African countries. Arrivals from those countries, must quarantine for 7 days on Penny's Bay before heading to a designated quarantine hotel.
Omicron is declared a variant of concern.
OT&P published, 'What is the COVID-19 Omicron Variant?'
Two cases of Omicron were detected in Hong Kong. The index case arrived from South Africa on 11.11.21. This first case was responsible for the second case in an adjacent quarantine room.
The Omicron variant was reported to the WHO has been detected in South Africa.
OT&P published a blog titled 'What Is It Like to Live With Long Covid?'
OT&P published a blog titled, "How Long Covid Affects Athletic Performance, featuring Dr. Nader Ayub"
Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) said moderately and severely immunocompromised persons should be offered an additional dose of all WHO-approved vaccines.
Singapore has announced that any unvaccinated individuals over the age of 12 can no longer be able to dine in restaurants, visit shopping malls or visit attractions starting from October 13th.
Hong Kong's updated vaccination records are now accepted by the UK Government to bypass testing and quarantine when travelling to the UK.
OT&P published a blog about whether if Hong Kong’s 21-day quarantine is evidence-based or justified.
OT&P COVID-19 Autumn Update.
OT&P 12th podcast episode. Dr David Owens and Professor Ben Cowling discuss the brittle nature of Zero Covid and the lack of evidence and potential harm caused by recent public health decisions around quarantine.
Merck and its partner Ridgeback Biotherapeutics is currently working on an experimental pill that can assist with treating COVID-19 cases. Early results showed patients who received the drug within five days of COVID-19 symptoms had about half the rate of hospitalization and death as patients who received a dummy pill.
The Hong Kong government announced most of the social distancing measures will remain unchanged for two weeks. Meanwhile, the maximum number of people allowed per banquet in catering businesses adopting the Type D mode of operation will be relaxed to 240.
Norway announced that it will end all COVID-related restrictions on September 25th, 2021.
OT&P published the resource page for consolidating all evolving evidence, news and research relating to COVID-19.
Same-day ticket arrangement for COVID-19 vaccination will be expanded from Wednesday to cover all eligible people who want to receive the jab.
WHO emphasized its call for a pause on booster doses until the end of 2021, with the exception of the immune-compromised, to help optimize supply to low-income countries.
OT&P published a blog about how evolving evidence does not support the Zero Covid strategy.
OT&P also published the resource page consolidating all news and research relating to Long Covid.
The two scientific committees under the Centre for Health Protection agreed that high-risk groups may need to take an additional dose but not urgent to do so, The committees also recommended teenagers aged 12 to 17 receive just one dose of the BioNTech vaccine instead of two.
OT&P 11th podcast episode. Dr David Owens and Professor Ben Cowling discuss the evidence for the reduced incubation period and increased infectivity of the delta variant and the importance of positive messaging to increase vaccination uptake in high-risk groups.
The Hong Kong Government announced that they will be tightening the travel restrictions as a response to a recent local transmission case.
The CDC has endorsed an additional dose of COVID-19 mRNA vaccine for immunocompromised patients.
California, US becomes the first state to mandate all teachers and school staff to be vaccinated.
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology is the first university in Hong Kong that will prohibit any untested and unvaccinated visitors from its campus. Meanwhile, all students, staff and university residents will have to register for a digital pass, which can only be obtained with a COVID-19 vaccination record or biweekly test results.
Wales has lifted most of their COVID-19 restrictions, which includes removing all limits to indoor gatherings, vaccinated adults won’t have to isolate if in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case and all businesses can now reopen.
Starting from today, all 18 elderly health centres (EHCs) will now provide walk-in vaccination services for members without prior booking from Monday to Friday.
OT&P publishes a blog about why herd immunity is impossible in Hong Kong and why we need to vaccinate the vulnerable.
OT&P published a blog about whether if the younger age group should be vaccinated against COVID-19.
OT&P 10th podcast episode. Dr David Owens and Professor Ben Cowling discuss the evolving COVID-19 public health strategies playing out in different parts of the world.
OT&P COVID-19 Summer Update.
OT&P published a blog answering what is Long COVID?
England lifts their COVID-19 restrictions. Actions include ending social distancing, making facemasks non-mandatory, no longer imposing limits on gatherings and all closed venues will be able to reopen with no capacity limits.
OT&P published a blog answering whether if we need COVID-19 booster doses and a blog to answer some frequently asked questions on side effects of Hong Kong's COVID-19 vaccines.
The US government donated 2 million doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to assist Vietnam with its COVID-19 outbreak.
Hong Kong's COVID-19 Vaccination Programme has now been expanded to include approximately 2,000 more visitors who have to continue to stay in Hong Kong due to the epidemic.
WHO updated its patient care guidelines to include interleukin-6 receptor blockers, a class of medicines that can be lifesaving to patients who are severely or critically ill with COVID-19, especially when administered alongside corticosteroids.
OT&P publishes a blog answering which is the best vaccine for COVID-19 – BioNTech or Sinovac.
OT&P also publishes a blog explaining what is the Delta variant.
OT&P 9th podcast episode. Dr Owens and Professor Ben Cowling discuss the recent government decision to reduce quarantine for vaccinated individuals provided they have proof of positive antibodies.
OT&P 8th podcast episode. Gira Patel joins Dr Owens to discuss the psychological impact of COVID-19.
OT&P publish a blog which questions whether Zero Covid is now a sustainable strategy.
OT&P also publish a short article about antibody testing after vaccination.
The United States plans to donate 500 million doses of vaccines that will be used to target low and middle-income countries.
WHO has approved the Sinovac vaccine for emergency use, giving countries, funders, procuring agencies and communities another option to tackle COVID-19.
A number of private firms in Hong Kong offer various lotteries and prizes for Hong Kong residents that have received both vaccination shots. The government and many firms have also started to offer additional incentives to their employees if they are vaccinated.
OT&P publish the seventh podcast discussing the sustainability of a Zero Covid strategy in the context of high vaccine hesitancy.
To drive vaccination rate, Sino Group announces a lottery draw for Hong Kong residents that have been vaccinated. The grand prize includes a HK$10.8m flat. It is the first of a number of incentives offered by private organisations.
The Hong Kong Government expanded the vaccination programme to include Mainland residents that are staying in Hong Kong for a period of time.
OT&P publish a sixth podcast discussing about vaccine hesitancy in Hong Kong.
OT&P also publish the follow-up survey results relating to vaccine uptake among OT&P patients.
Gira Patel, one of OT&P's Mental Health Counsellor, also wrote about her experience quarantining in Penny's Bay.
Hong Kong government will allow flights from the UK and Ireland to resume on May 7. Hong Kong residents in the two places may fly to Hong Kong as long as they acquire a negative COVID-19 test result with samples taken 72 hours prior to departure as well as confirmation of a 21-night room reservation in a designated quarantine hotel.
The United States announced 100 million adults are now fully vaccinated. This date was also the lowest weekly death rate the US has recorded for 2021. According to an analysis, there was an 80% drop since January.
About 1,377,600 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to the people of Hong Kong, with about 897,100 of them receiving their first dose and about 480,500 of them getting their second dose. This equal to 11.8% of Hong Kong’s total population had taken their first shot and 6.4% that had taken their second shot.
The United Kingdom administered 47.5 million vaccine doses as of this date, nearly 34 million of which are first shots. The UK is second only to Israel in terms of the proportion of the population who have received the first dose of vaccine, which stands at around 50% of their total population.
India reported 332,730 new COVID-19 cases on this day, which is the highest number of daily cases globally for the second day in a row.
The Hong Kong vaccination programme was expanded to cover people aged 16 to 29. People in this age group could book their vaccination shots starting at April 23.
Hong Kong government kicked off the Outreach Vaccination Arrangement for Residential Care Homes (RCHs) today. The arrangement helps provide free vaccination services at RCHs for their residents and users of their day service.
The coronavirus variant first identified in the United Kingdom is now the most common strain in the United States.
OT&P 20th newsletter.
OT&P publish a fifth podcast discussing the rationale and impact of targeted quarantine measures, the effectiveness of vaccines and the challenges of vaccine hesitancy.
Hong Kong and Macau government suspended BioNTech vaccination after packaging defects were found in one batch of the vaccine. Preliminary findings show that this defect should not cause any health risks and the suspension is undertaken as a precaution. 
COVID-19 cases in Europe continues to increase with many fearing that this is a third wave. Several European countries have reintroduced lockdowns and imposed stricter social distancing measures as a result :
The UK vaccination programme is a huge success. More than 95% of elderly aged 60 or over have received their first jabs. Half of the adults in UK have also received their first dose of vaccine.
The French Government announced a four-week lockdown in Paris and parts of northern France due to the transmission of the highly contagious COVID-19 variants coupled with a slow vaccination rollout. 
Total COVID-19 cases surpasses 120 million.
Hong Kong was hit by a super spreader event at a fitness gym. The government reported 10 confirmed cases related to the gym on this day. Altogether, the gym cluster expanded to 109 cases.
Many residential buildings and workplaces in the Central and Western Districts are now covered by compulsory testing notices. Over 860 close contacts of cluster patients are quarantined and more than 2,200 people are required to undergo mandatory COVID-19 testing as a result.
Hong Kong is now rolling out the BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine as part of their vaccination program.
The United Kingdom identified six cases of the variant that was first detected in Brazil, triggering an extensive targeted testing program.
A new COVID-19 cluster in Hong Kong originates in Mr. Ming’s Chinese Dining at K11 Musea Shopping Centre. This cluster is tied to a total of 44 confirmed cases. K11 Musea shuts down for two days after the cluster number grew. 
Hong Kong begins the rollout of their mass vaccination program.
OT&P 19th newsletter.
OT&P publish a fourth podcast to discuss the Hong Kong's population immunity to COVID-19 and specifically the role of COVID-19 vaccinations in the normalization of life in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong government begins to ease its social distancing measures:
The Hong Kong Government also authorised Sinovac vaccine as part of Hong Kong’s COVID-19 vaccination rollout program.
WHO reports that the number of reported global weekly COVID-19 cases has dropped nearly 50% due to public health measures. 
The weekly confirmed cases in the US have dropped from an average of 254,002 confirmed cases to 108,153 confirmed cases within the span of January to February. This represents a 57% reduction in confirmed cases. The following measures have been implemented over this time :
The UK government introduces mandatory hotel quarantine, starting from 15 February 2021. Anyone that travel to the UK from a country on the UK’s banned list will be required to quarantine for 10 days in a government approved facility.
Japan announced tighter COVID-19 restrictions:
OT&P 18th newsletter.
OT&P publish a third podcast interviewing a Hong Kong doctor who has spent the last year working as a front line emergency doctor in London.
The Hong Kong Government updated the compulsory testing policy for buildings. The building will be listed for compulsory testing if:
Since January 23 2021, the Hong Kong Government has closed 8 different districts in 11 days, tested nearly 10,000 people and found 14 confirmed patients.
Marked one year since WHO declared COVID-19 a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
Total COVID-19 cases surpasses 100 million.
For the first time, Hong Kong implemented mandatory lockdown in the restricted area. More than half of the confirmed cases came from the Yau Tsim Mong District in the past two weeks. To curb the local epidemic, the government has blocked the Jordan area, and all residents must stay at home for mandatory testing.
OT&P 17th newsletter.
OT&P publish a second podcast discussing the expectations of the fourth wave in Hong Kong, the evolving new viral mutations and the outlook for immunization.
Total COVID-19 cases surpasses 90 million.
OT&P publish a blog about the viral mutations being reported in the UK, South Africa and Brazil.
OT&P 16th newsletter.
OT&P publish the first podcast update about the transmission of COVID-19, Closing Schools and the balance of public health measures. This episode features Professor Ben Cowling, who is the division head of the department of epidemiology and biostatistics in the School of Public Health at the University of Hong Kong.
OT&P also publish a blog about vaccines for COVID-19.
Total COVID-19 cases surpasses 60 million.
Total COVID-19 death toll surpasses 1 million.
Total COVID-19 cases surpasses 40 million.
South Korea and Japan relaxed their restriction on business travel with a bilateral agreement. Short-term business travellers are exempted from 14-days quarantine .
Total COVID-19 cases surpass 30 million.
OT&P 15th newsletter. This is also the first newsletter to have an audio version available.
OT&P publish findings of a recent study exploring our patient perceptions of the mass testing program: 'Survey of Patient Perceptions of the Hong Kong Mass Testing Program and Recognition of Potential Barriers to Testing'.
Total COVID-19 cases surpass 20 million.
OT&P 14th newsletter.
This also marks the start of Hong Kong's third "wave" with COVID-19.
Total COVID-19 cases surpasses 11 million.
Total COVID-19 cases surpasses 10 million.
OT&P 13th newsletter.
OT&P publish a blog asking ‘what we know about COVID-19 and how lifestyle and diet affect the severity of the disease?’
OT&P publish a blog ‘what are Antibodies are and why they are so important’?
OT&P 12th newsletter.
OT&P 11th newsletter.
OT&P announce a study with the University of Hong Kong. The study will provide evidence of the effectiveness of the community-wide interventions that Hong Kong has been implementing. The study required 1,500 volunteers to donate a blood sample. The response to the newsletter was extraordinary, such that we had more than 3,000 volunteers within 4 hours and the study was oversubscribed.
We published a COVID-19 Q&A.
OT&P 10th newsletter.
Total COVID-19 cases surpasses 1 million.
OT&P 9th newsletter.
The United Kingdom goes into lockdown.
OT&P 8th newsletter.
Hong Kong records 48 new infections, the biggest daily tally so far.
As more politicians made bleak predictions about COVID-19, we discussed the danger of predictions of mortality in evolving epidemics.
OT&P 7th newsletter.
We published a blog asking whether it is better to contain or delay and mitigate?
WHO declares the coronavirus outbreak to be a pandemic.
OT&P 6th newsletter.
We published a FAQ: ‘COVID-19 explained in 9 easy questions’.
Hong Kong reaches the milestone of 100 confirmed cases.
OT&P 5th newsletter.
We asked the question ‘How do we get back to normal?’
OT&P 4th newsletter.
We emphasised a focus on two distinct but different concepts: the disease and the epidemic.
To assist parents in dealing with school closure, OT&P children’s behavioural therapist wrote an article on how to maintain structure at home during this period.
South Korea reports over 20 more cases on this day, marking the beginning of the outbreak cluster in Daegu, South Korea.
OT&P 3rd newsletter.
Dealing with the anxiety epidemic by Gira Patel.
OT&P 2nd newsletter.
Communicating risk in an epidemic: A personal perspective written by Dr David Owens as a reflection of his previous experience of the epidemics of TB, HIV and SARS.
First death recorded in Hong Kong from COVID-19. A 39-year old male who had travelled to Wuhan on the 21st of January with an underlying illness.
OT&P published a blog explaining why the WHO has declared the global health emergency.
The first two COVID-19 cases are confirmed in the UK.
OT&P produce their first newsletter.
The first blog: the distinction between the disease and the epidemic was published.
Hong Kong also recorded its first positive case, a 39-year-old man who arrived in Hong Kong from China.
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