3-10 | While the reported number of cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) outside of China is relatively low, preparations to limit the further spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes the coronavirus COVID-19 disease, are essential. Dr Tankred Stoebe, MSF emergency coordinator, is currently travelling across southeast Asia to assess how MSF can support health authorities and health facilities prepare for potential outbreaks of COVID-19. He describes his observations with a focus on patient vulnerability and simple control measures, which make a large difference.
3-5 | As part of the response to the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the health promotion activities in Hong Kong are in full swing with 11 sessions conducted since February. Our team has reached out to ethnic minorities, migrants and asylum seekers, street cleaners, visually impaired persons, foreign domestic helpers, homeless people and people living in subdivided flats. Meanwhile, the 1 tonne donation of personal protective equipment has been received by Hong Kong St. John Ambulance on Thursday, 5 March.
2-14 | An MSF team in Hong Kong opened a project at the end of January focusing on health education for vulnerable people. Community engagement is a crucial activity of any outbreak response and in Hong Kong, this focuses on groups who are less likely to have access to important medical information, such as the socio-economically disadvantaged.
1-31 | MSF’s epidemiologists and infectious disease experts are following the fast-evolving development of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). As of 30 January, there are more than 7,900 cases, more than 98% of which are in mainland China. We have offered support to the health authorities in mainland China and Hong Kong, who are leading the respective response efforts, and offering support similar to what we did in 2003 during the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), caused by a related type of coronavirus.