A Community Asset: In the Community
Where circumstances are safe, HKUMed staff and students have been providing direct assistance to members of the community. In September, more than 200 HKUMed students and another 200 staff and alumni were recruited to operate the HKSAR Government’s Universal Community Testing Programme at sites in Kennedy Town and Wong Chuk Hang over 11 days.
HKU, the HKU-Shenzhen Hospital and Hong Kong’s Elderly Commission also bought 50,000 masks in early February for 5,000 elderly people in need, which were packed by student volunteers.
HKUMed published one of the first hi-resolution images of SARS-Cov-2 back in January. Our images show the virus growing in cells in HKUMed laboratories and are in black-and-white, colour and video formats. They have been freely shared through our website and Twitter accounts for use by other researchers, media outlets and any other interested parties.