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Ep 016: The Omicron BA.2 Wave, the Surge in Population Mortality and the Future for a Population at Herd Immunity
The fifth wave of Omicron BA.2 is currently having a significant impact on our city. Hong Kong is in the unenviable position of having the highest mortality rate in the world. In our latest podcast, Dr David Owens and Professor Ben Cowling discuss the current situation. They also discuss the factors driving the high mortality. They explain that we are already at herd immunity and ask what that means for Hong Kong over the next few months. They also answer questions submitted by you, our listeners.
Ep 015: The Fifth Wave, Your Questions Answered
In this episode Dr David Owens and Professor Ben Cowling discuss the evolving fifth wave in Hong Kong. In a change from our previous episodes, we asked our listeners to submit questions, we were overwhelmed with the response and apologise that we were not able to cover all issues. This episode covers amongst other topics, the transmission of Covid, elimination or mitigation as a strategy, vaccinations in children and the potential impact on physical and psychological well-being as a result of the public health measures.
Ep 014: Zero Covid, the Fifth Wave and Is It Time for a Plan B?
After 6 months without a community case of Covid, we are now seeing sporadic community cases with clusters of both Omicron and Delta infections in Hong Kong. In our latest podcast Doctor David Owens and Professor Ben Cowling discuss the current situation. They discuss the dilemma of a Zero Covid strategy without a plan for exit. They consider what a plan B may look like. They also discuss the costs of the public health policy on physical and mental health and hamsters.
Ep 013: Omicron and the Role of Vaccine Mandates
It is now two months since the last community case in Hong Kong and the bubble with the mainland is due to open in the next few weeks. In our latest podcast Doctor David Owens and Professor Ben Cowling discuss the current situation in Hong Kong and the potential implications of the Omicron variant recently identified in South Africa. They discuss the dilemmas around vaccine hesitancy in the context of zero covid and specifically the threat of low vaccination rates in the vulnerable elderly. They also discuss the role of booster doses and the philosophical arguments around vaccine mandates.
Ep 012: Zero Covid, 21-Day Quarantine and Vaccinating Children
Whilst much of the world begins the transition to normality Hong Kong has doubled down on a zero COVID strategy in an attempt to achieve the as yet undefined criteria which will allow an open border with China. In our latest podcast, Dr David Owens and Professor Ben Cowling discuss the brittle nature of Zero Covid and the lack of evidence and potential harm caused by recent public health decisions around quarantine. They also discuss the dilemma around decisions on vaccinating children and giving booster doses. The risk-benefit calculations of both these interventions change depending upon the long term public health strategy.
Ep 011: Zero Covid or Living with Covid, what is the exit strategy?
Hong Kong has removed objective benefits for vaccinated travellers and doubled down on a Zero Covid strategy. Doctor David Owens and Professor Ben Cowling discuss the recent changes. They discuss the evidence for the reduced incubation period and increased infectivity of the delta variant and the importance of positive messaging to increase vaccination uptake in high-risk groups. They both see living with Covid as the only long-term effective strategy.
Present Situation and Compulsory Universal Testing
Thank you for the podcasts. These are very informative and helps us understand the present situation in Hong Kong. Can you please help us understand the testing policy? Why three times? Why CUT? Thank you
Informative and Timely
Frank and honest discussions with statistics, study findings and lots of data to support their points.
Look forward to every episode!
Great to hear experts discussing pros and cons of government measures and backing it up with data.
More guests like this please!