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Wuhan coronavirus outbreak worries as it spread to HK & beyond

Old Jan 3, 20, 3:59 am
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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

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Old Jan 3, 20, 6:48 am
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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.
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It's like the biblical plagues out there.
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It's like the biblical plagues out there.
Be careful with this statement. Someone is going to demand "Let My People Go!"
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Old Jan 4, 20, 1:02 pm
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Originally Posted by 889 View Post
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?

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

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Old Jan 4, 20, 6:57 pm
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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.
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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.
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Old Jan 4, 20, 7:39 pm
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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.
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Originally Posted by helvetic View Post
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.

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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.
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Old Jan 4, 20, 10:01 pm
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Originally Posted by garykung View Post
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
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The press in Hong Kong is getting more concerned

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/soci...found-shenzhen
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I'm supposed to arrive next week and I'm getting more concerned for sure.
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Old Jan 20, 20, 11:22 am
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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.
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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

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Old Jan 20, 20, 6:02 pm
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Originally Posted by JNelson113 View Post
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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