🌊 Monkeypox: COVID 2.0?
Keep Calm and Do Not Panic
As per usual, here’s the Monday morning treat for y’all — a lil something from one of my favorite cooking channels, You Suck at Cooking. If you love deadpan humor and new words that should be entered into the Oxford English dictionary, this one’s for you. And as for the brownies, you literally can’t find a recipe easier and quicker than this. You could just snort up and slurp down the dry and wet ingredients simultaneously too, so do let me know if any of you choose this perilous second option.
Also here’s to the one-week anniversary of The Completely Official CE Countdown Clock. Praise be, there’s only five weeks or so remaining…
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The latest on monkeypox
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Should we be worried about ‘monkeypox’?
Replace ‘monkeypox’ with ‘coronavirus’ and you’d get literally all the articles that were released in about Dec - Feb (the latter for those who were a bit slow to respond) three years ago. 2020 simultaneously feels like a few decades and a couple weeks ago.
For those of you who haven’t heard, monkey pox is an infectious disease that has been found in parts of West and Central Africa, with usually mild symptoms (incl. bumpy rash and fever). It’s also spread by close contact with others, and current studies show that sexual contact may be a big factor in transmission. Out of the cases that have been reported in Europe, North America and Australia, and have “mainly affected men who have sex with men and have visited medical facilities”, according to SCMP.
Despite the WHO pushing for increasing measures against monkey pox, such as increasing surveillance in countries where the disease isn’t typically found, the spread hasn’t been bad as some might have feared due to the COVID social distancing and restriction measures already in place. Who knew that crowded spaces and poor hand hygiene could spread bacteria?
However, HKU microbiologist Ho Pak-Leung said that he believes the outbreak risk for monkey pox in HK is relatively low, due to the virus not likely arriving in the city (knock on wood). Anyways, the isolation facilities would hopefully be enough to cover that should that become a reality.
COVID in Hong Kong
COVID-19 in Hong Kong
New cases: 237 (25 imported)
Total cases: 1,210,396
New deaths: 0
The latest outbreak at a quarantine hotel in Lan Kwai Fong involves 3 cases of the more transmissive Omicron variant.
The Benchmark corporate training centre in Sheung Wan also reported 3 new cases, the total outbreak amassing to 24 people for that cluster.
However, Dr. Albert Au, the Centre for Health Protection’s principal medical and health officer, maintains that the city’s increasing vaccine rates should defend well against the risk for a large outbreak.
Quarantine-free travel for China or other foreign countries?
What would you rather pick- quarantine-free travel first for either mainland China, or for the rest of the world? Betty Yuen, new chairwoman of the the HK General Chamber of Commerce, believes that the second option would be best for the economy of this “sequestered island”. While this appeal has yet to be realized or provoke a public response from the government, we can surely agree that travel is a sorely missed freedom.
HK$120 billion longterm plan for more flats
That’s right, about 22,000 flats are said to be supplied over the next five years by the Urban Renewal Authority (URA). This effort to improve HK’s housing infrastructure and living environment is said to cover more than 200,000 square metres (I’m sure they’ll find the space somewhere…), and which needs a boost in production speed.
URA managing director Wai Chi-Sing said that this was due to a needed constant cash to sustain the projects. Without buildings open for use to the public, there could be a negative cash inflow of $15 billion in two to three years.
With the promises Wai makes of greater social benefits, such as addressing community issues of traffic flow/environmental hygiene, one can only hope the projects will be successful.
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