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Club Online Zoom Event: Past the Peak? What Comes Next in Hong Kong’s Battle with COVID-19

ONLINE ZOOM EVENT
Past the Peak? What Comes Next in Hong Kong’s
Battle with COVID-19
 

SPEAKER
Professor Ben Cowling
Division Head of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
School of Public Health, the University of Hong Kong
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
12:30pm on Zoom
 

Hong Kong appears to have managed to contain the feared “second wave” of the coronavirus pandemic, and many are asking whether it is time to begin relaxing the restrictions on gathering and social distancing, and to start reopening the economy. The relatively low number of infections and deaths here seem a consequence of methods including contact tracing and quarantines, which other places are now trying to emulate. But some fear the success now may be tenuous, and Hong Kong might be facing a potential “third wave” of infections as the coronavirus continues to wreak global havoc. How will we know when the virus has really been defeated, and how long will it remain a threat?
Ben Cowling, who holds a PhD in medical statistics at the University of Warwick, joined the University of Hong Kong (HKU) School of Public Health in 2004, and has been the Head of the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics since 2013. He is a co-director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Control at HKU and has links with the China Center for Disease Control and Harvard University’s Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses, and an Associate Editor of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

 

This online event is free of charge, but advance registration is required. Registered guests will receive the Zoom link, meeting ID and password the day before the event. Members can test this link immediately. A waiting room will be opened two hours before the start of the event.
For those who are new to Zoom, please follow the links below for guidance:
support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206175806-Frequently-Asked-Questions
support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/categories/200101697
This event is for club members, their guests and the media.

 

 

Speaker: Professor Ben Cowling,Division Head of Epidemiology and Biostatistics School of Public Health, the University of Hong Kong