香港西醫工會就公眾為預防感染2019年爆發的新型冠狀病毒使用外科口罩而表達我們的立場 | Hong Kong Doctors Union’s Stance On The Use Of Surgical Mask For The General Public In The Protection Against The Outbreak Of Coronavirus Disease 2019

HKDU⠀ Published at 2020-02-19
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香港西醫工會就
公眾為預防感染2019年爆發的新型冠狀病毒使用外科口罩而表達我們的立場


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香港西醫工會是唯一向職工局註冊處註冊並為公營及私營醫生提供服務的工會,以維護醫生在僱主僱員關係中的權益,香港西醫工會秉承以維持和確保基層醫生提供最高水平的醫療服務,以提升香港市民的健康。

香港西醫工會謹就公眾為預防感染2019年爆發的新型冠狀病毒使用外科口罩而表達我們的立場。

佩戴外科口罩能有效阻止呼吸道疾病的傳播,不論是細菌性及病毒性疾病。
因此,

(1)不論有否呼吸道症狀,我們都應在公共場所佩戴外科口罩。
(2)若有呼吸道症狀,應佩戴口罩,並立即就醫。
(3)不建議重複使用口罩,並且用過的口罩必須妥善棄置。

除了戴口罩,注意良好的衛生習慣同樣重要,包括

(1)經常用肥皂和清水徹底洗手。
(2)使用酒精搓手液(使用護膚產品以保持皮膚濕潤,以防止酒精引起皮膚爆裂)。
(3)避免還沒洗手前就隨便觸摸眼睛、鼻和嘴巴。
(4)廁所沖水之前,一定記得把馬桶蓋放下。
(5)排水管道應妥善保養,以免洩漏。
(6)每周至少向管道加水兩次。

為了保持身體健康,我們鼓勵所有市民保持各式各樣的體育活動習慣,例如步行(快節奏),慢跑及遠足。

我們鼓勵吸煙者戒煙,因為研究發現,吸煙者可能更容易感染2019 年新型冠状病毒(參考文獻1)。

有關查詢,請致電或Whatsapp 9013 6478 聯絡香港西醫工會會長楊超發醫生。

參考:
(1) Cai, G. Tobacco-Use Disparity in Gene Expression of ACE2, the Receptor of 2019-nCov. Preprints 2020, 2020020051 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202002.0051.v1).

 


Press Release

Hong Kong Doctors Union’s Stance 
On The Use Of Surgical Mask For The General Public In The Protection Against The Outbreak Of Coronavirus Disease 2019 

 


19 February 2020
Dear Reporters,

Hong Kong Doctors Union (HKDU) is an unique trade union with doctor members in both public and private services. Registered with the Trade Union Registry to look after the interests and rights of doctors in their employer employee relationship, HKDU is committed to maintain and ensure the highest standard of the primary healthcare doctors to cater for the health of the Hong Kong community.

Hong Kong Doctors Union would like to state our stance on the use of surgical mask for the general public in the protection against the outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Wearing of surgical masks is effective in halting transmission of respiratory illnesses whether they are bacterial or viral.
Therefore,

(1)    We should wear surgical masks at all times in public areas regardless of whether there is presence or absence of respiratory symptoms.
(2)    One should wear surgical mask at all times when there are respiratory symptoms and immediate medical attention should be sought.
(3)    Reuse of surgical masks is not recommended and proper disposal of masks must be strictly practised.

Besides wearing surgical masks, observance of good hygiene is equally important. This includes

(1)    Frequent and thorough hand washing with soap and water.
(2)    Alcohol-based hand rubbing (application of skin care product to maintain skin moisture to prevent skin chapping from alcohol use).
(3)    Avoidance of touching eyes, nose and mouth without prior hand cleansing.
(4)    Putting down the toilet lid cover before flushing.
(5)    Good and proper maintenance of drainage pipes to avoid leakage.
(6)    Adding water to the pipes at least twice a week.

To upkeep one’s good health, we encourage all citizens to maintain good physical activity routines such as fast pace walking, jogging and hiking.

We encourage smokers to abstain and quit from smoking as studies have shown that smokers may be more susceptible to 2019-nCov (Reference 1).

For enquiries, please contact or Whatsapp Dr. Yeung Chiu Fat, President, HKDU at 9013 6478.

Reference:
(1) Cai, G. Tobacco-Use Disparity in Gene Expression of ACE2, the Receptor of 2019-nCov. Preprints 2020, 2020020051 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202002.0051.v1).