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helvetic Jan 3, 20 3:59 am

Wuhan coronavirus outbreak worries as it spread to HK & beyond
 
FKA: Hong Kong reports two ‘pneumonia’ cases as Wuhan outbreak jumps to 44 people

Slightly worrisome for HK frequent visitors.

As someone who lives in HK, this is much scarier to think about to me than the protests.

Just something to be aware of.

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/soci...-44-11-serious

889 Jan 3, 20 6:48 am

Particularly if you recall how SARS was spread through the type of plumbing common in HK residential blocks. Fill all the gas traps with water by flushing those floor drains you never use.

Pickles Jan 3, 20 6:53 am

It's like the biblical plagues out there.

tentseller Jan 4, 20 12:59 pm


Originally Posted by Pickles (Post 31903763)
It's like the biblical plagues out there.

Be careful with this statement. Someone is going to demand "Let My People Go!":p

tentseller Jan 4, 20 1:02 pm


Originally Posted by 889 (Post 31903747)
Particularly if you recall how SARS was spread through the type of plumbing common in HK residential blocks. Fill all the gas traps with water by flushing those floor drains you never use.

Very good advice.
It is the water in the sewer gas traps that keeps the dangerous gas in the sewer pipes. This issue in HK is the heat evaporating the water in these not normally used traps.

Hopefully, many of the population has learned from 2003 about the importance of cleanliness and good personal hygiene as well as prevention of transmission of diseases.

Are they going to modify the facemask ordinance soon?

BTW
Stay away from protesters who got trapped at Poly U and tried escaping through the sewers. It only works in the movie.

889 Jan 4, 20 6:57 pm

Actually, flushing those floor drains can be awkward. They're often set in the wall, not the floor, and hidden behind a toilet, washing machine etc. So I just try to seal them with tape.

tentseller Jan 4, 20 7:02 pm


Originally Posted by 889 (Post 31909783)
Actually, flushing those floor drains can be awkward. They're often set in the wall, not the floor, and hidden behind a toilet, washing machine etc. So I just try to seal them with tape.

I can understand the awkwardness at some places where it is not easily accessible.
However, sealing them off with tape might not be a good idea as they are for draining in an emergency situation as not to cause water damage to the flats below.

889 Jan 4, 20 7:39 pm

True, but having once foolishly let the bathtub overfill and flood my flat, I discovered those drains don't really work very well, given the way they're set in the wall, with the floor not properly tilted towards the drain.

garykung Jan 4, 20 8:55 pm


Originally Posted by helvetic (Post 31903317)
Slightly worrisome for HK frequent visitors.

As someone who lives in HK, this is much scarier to think about to me than the protests.

Not a concern yet, until you have an actual case in Hong Kong.


Originally Posted by tentseller (Post 31908822)
Are they going to modify the facemask ordinance soon?

It was a regulation, not ordinance. It has been ruled unconstitutional pending appeal, without a stay.

helvetic Jan 4, 20 10:01 pm


Originally Posted by garykung (Post 31910029)
Not a concern yet, until you have an actual case in Hong Kong.

The article linked above said 2 cases. Looks like they've been ruled out. Still, worrisome considering how easily these things can spread.

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/...ities-take-low

dulcamara Jan 20, 20 4:30 am

The press in Hong Kong is getting more concerned

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/soci...found-shenzhen

JNelson113 Jan 20, 20 10:29 am

I'm supposed to arrive next week and I'm getting more concerned for sure.

889 Jan 20, 20 11:22 am

Apart from the risk of the disease itself, there's a risk of return to the SARS environment, when travel to or from Hong Kong (or Mainland China) with a fever could result in quarantining on arrival.

dulcamara Jan 20, 20 2:39 pm

I'm leaving Hong Kong tomorrow after three weeks. I'm glad I'm getting out of here before all the new year travel in China. It seems that there is human-to-human transmission and the movement of hundreds of million people all over China is not good.

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/soci...age-infections

garykung Jan 20, 20 6:02 pm


Originally Posted by JNelson113 (Post 31973283)
I'm supposed to arrive next week and I'm getting more concerned for sure.

You are still fine.

Because of the CNY, many travel will be confined to within Mainland only. Also - the weather is not yet warm enough to encourage transmission. Based on SARS in 2003, things will get worse beginning the end of February.


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