Health & Medicine

Researchers warned that the situation could have worsened during the fifth wave of coronavirus infections. Photo: Felix Wong
Many Hongkongers show signs of PTSD from Covid-19 pandemic, study finds

12.4 per cent of respondents showed signs of PTSD, researchers warn the situation likely worsened during fifth wave.

25 May 2022 - 8:43PM
China’s CanSino BioLogics has published the results of an early-stage clinical trial which found that an aerosol inhaled version of its Ad5-nCoV vaccine – which is already approved for use in a single-dose, injectable form in China, Pakistan and Mexico – triggered immune responses without serious side effects. Photo: CCTV
Oral CanSino dose ‘a bigger antibody boost than third Sinovac jab’

Aerosol version of CanSino adenovirus vaccine produced up to 24 times the antibodies against Delta than the control group, according to paper.

24 May 2022 - 11:34AM
Hong Kong opened walk-ins for a fourth Covid-19 jab for residents aged 18 to 59 on Saturday. Photo: Bloomberg
Hong Kong rolls out fourth Covid-19 vaccine jab for residents aged 18 to 59

The shots are available at vaccination centres and open for walk-ins until a new online booking system is set up.

21 May 2022 - 10:40PM
A CanSino Biologics employee works on the production of the recombinant Covid-19 vaccine in September. Photo: Getty Images
CanSino Biologics CEO says mRNA vaccines are key to China’s Covid-19 fight

China has yet to approve any mRNA vaccines, which have a much higher efficacy rate than ones made using older forms of technology.

23 May 2022 - 10:23AM
Only eligible passengers of direct flights from San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Dallas and Detroit will be issued with the green health QR code needed for entry to China. Photo: Xinhua
No more 7-day PCR or antibody tests for flying to China from the US

As of Friday, US travellers to China need only show two PCR test results and a negative antigen report, Chinese mission says, citing changing nature of virus.

19 May 2022 - 2:19AM
Tougher rules requiring Hongkongers to be triple vaccinated to enter most premises citywide will kick in on May 31. Photo: Xiaomei Chen
Don’t worry too much about pandemic, leading health official tells Hongkongers

Dr Edwin Tsui, Centre for Health Protection’s controller, notes admissions to hospital have fallen and number of most worrying cases is also down.

18 May 2022 - 11:59PM
The hepatitis may be triggered by an immune response. Photo: Shutterstock
Covid-19 could be cause of mysterious hepatitis cases that killed children

One theory suggests the lingering presence of the coronavirus may have triggered an immune response that led to liver damage.

18 May 2022 - 5:34AM
HSBC Life experienced a 38 per cent year-on-year increase in the value of new business in the first three months. Photo: Nora Tam
Hong Kong insurers see sales soar as Omicron raises health awareness

HSBC Life, Manulife and AIA among the major insurance firms reporting strong growth of sales in the first quarter as their digital tools help to boost sales during the fifth wave of Covid-19.

15 May 2022 - 12:30PM
A top government pandemic adviser has warned that Hong Kong could be hit by a sixth wave of the coronavirus in as little as two weeks. Photo: Jelly Tse
exclusive | Hong Kong could be hit by sixth Covid-19 wave in 2 weeks, top health expert says

Professor Gabriel Leung says recent daily caseload of about 300 implies reproduction rate of virus is at 1, meaning health crisis could worsen ‘if things tilt in the wrong direction’.

14 May 2022 - 9:27PM
Shanghai’s government said it is just a step away from bringing the pandemic under control. Photo: AP
Shanghai a week away from containing Covid-19 outbreak, says official

The city is aiming to achieve its ‘societal zero-Covid’ target by May 20, Wu Qing, the city’s executive vice-mayor, told a press briefing on Friday morning.

13 May 2022 - 7:08PM
A third cluster of coronavirus cases has emerged at the Sky Cuisine restaurant in Sheung Wan. Photo: Edmond So
Hong Kong scrambles to trace diners as new Covid cluster emerges at restaurant

Health authorities say at least 30 infections have been detected among diners and staff at Sky Cuisine restaurant in Sheung Wan, with one of the customers aged 117.

13 May 2022 - 11:17PM
US flags are lowered to half-staff on the National Mall in Washington on Thursday to mark 1 million US Covid-19 deaths. Photo: EPA-EFE
Virtual global Covid-19 summit yields US$3 billion in new funding

US President Joe Biden warns other nations there’s ‘still so much left to do’, as US marks 1 million coronavirus deaths.

13 May 2022 - 5:00AM
The mix-up occurred when the families went to complete procedures for claiming the bodies ‘at a similar time’, the hospital said. Photo: Sam Tsang
4 suspended in Hong Kong after mix-up results in cremation of wrong corpse

Tuen Mun Hospital says it immediately launched an investigation into mix-up when it was told by mortuary worker the wrong corpse had been sent to funeral parlour.

13 May 2022 - 1:07AM
The overall happiness index of families in Hong Kong dropped this year because of the city’s fifth Covid-19 wave, a survey has found. Photo: Shutterstock
1 in 5 Hong Kong families unhappy, with mothers suffering more: survey

Survey finds 81.1 per cent of 1,633 people interviewed scored six and above on family happiness, but overall index of 6.98 is lowest since 2019.

12 May 2022 - 7:52PM
Sai Wan Estate in Kennedy Town. Photo: SCMP
Hong Kong estate locked down after Covid cluster uncovered in block

Health officials reveal that five cases, involving four families, have recently been uncovered in West Terrace, one of five blocks in Sai Wan Estate.

13 May 2022 - 2:49AM
Dr Ho Hiu-fai, consultant at Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Photo: Xiaomei Chen
Hong Kong doctor recalls feeling helpless at height of city’s fifth Covid wave

Dr Ho Hiu-fai recalls how helpless he felt when patients could not receive immediate treatment at height of city’s fifth Covid-19 wave.

11 May 2022 - 1:21PM
Diabetic patients have higher risk of becoming seriously ill or dying from Covid-19, but the reasons why are not fully understood. Photo: Shutterstock
Why are diabetic patients at higher risk from Covid-19?

A team of Chinese researchers say it could be related to lower levels of a small molecule.

10 May 2022 - 12:56AM
BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine is being tested in China. Photo: AFP
Another delay to BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine study in China

Phase 2 trial now not expected to end until October, according to clinical trial database.

9 May 2022 - 8:51PM