Pneumonia Cases in Wuhan and Precautionary Measures (7 Jan 2020)

Dear Colleagues and Students,

In view of the quick spreading of viral pneumonia cases in Wuhan, the Government of HKSAR launched the Preparedness and Response Plan for Novel Infectious Disease of Public Health Significance and activated the Serious Response Level on 4 January 2020.

Despite of the assessment done by the Centre for Health Protection on the immediate health impact on local population caused by Novel Infectious Disease of Public Health Significance was moderate under the Serious Response Level, the preventive measures particularly the hygiene and cleanliness is vital for the preventing the speed of spreading.

According to the Centre for Health Protection that the following health advice is recommended:

  • Perform hand hygiene frequently, especially before touching the mouth, nose or eyes; after touching public installations such as handrails or doorknobs; or when hands are contaminated by respiratory secretion after coughing or sneezing;
  • Wash hands with liquid soap and water, and rub for at least 20 seconds. Then rinse with water and dry with a disposable paper towel or hand dryer. If hand washing facilities are not available, or when hands are not visibly soiled, hand hygiene with 70 to 80 per cent alcohol-based hand-rub is an effective alternative;
  • Clean objects thoroughly and frequently with diluted household bleach (by adding one part of household bleach containing 5.25 per cent sodium hypochlorite to 49 parts of water), followed by rinsing or wiping with clean water;
  • Cover your mouth and nose with tissue paper when sneezing or coughing. Dispose of soiled tissues into a lidded rubbish bin, then wash hands thoroughly; and
  • When having respiratory symptoms, wear a surgical mask, refrain from work or attending class at University, avoid going to crowded places and seek medical advice promptly.

CDMO is closely monitoring the situation on the campus and the following precautionary measures have been enhanced with immediate effect: -

  • Increase frequency of campus cleaning with appropriate disinfectant including furniture, lifts, floors, toilets and etc.;
  • Increase the rate of fresh air supply for all ventilation systems for increasing the air circulation; and
  • Surgical masks and hand sanitizers are provided at the security counters of each building.

For the latest information, please visit the webpage of Centre for Health Protection, Department of Health:

Campus Development and Management Office

January 2020