Since the outbreak of COVID-19 at the end of 2019, tens of thousands of people in Hong Kong have been infected and the death toll continues to rise. The highly contagious virus has spread rapidly and globally and, according to data from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the death rate (about 14.8%) is highest in people aged 80 and over. For this reason, Lingnan University is launching this programme showing the efficacy of Chinese medicine in preventing COVID-19 in the elderly. LU believes that Chinese medicine practitioners can reduce the risk of infection in older people, and contribute to society in general in the spirit of "prevention is better than cure".
Sponsored by the Chinese Medicine Development Fund and carried out by Lingnan’s Chinese Medicine Clinic, the project is divided into two stages: “During the epidemic” and “After the epidemic has eased”. In the first stage, registered Chinese doctors will visit elderly service providers to teach the staff how to make the Chinese soups which raise resistance to viruses and diseases. They will also upload recorded lectures to a dedicated YouTube channel promoted through Facebook, explaining how Chinese methods can prevent COVID-19 infections.
Two half-day seminars will be held in the second stage, and a booklet entitled "Prevention and Treatment of COVID-19 for the Elderly - Chinese Medicine" published and circulated among the elderly and their carers. Everything will be videotaped and made available on YouTube, and video discs distributed to elderly service providers and organisations in Hong Kong, promoting Chinese medicine in preventing and controlling the pandemic, in particular for the elderly.
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This project is sponsored by the Chinese Medicine Development Fund. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material/event (or by members of the project team) do not reflect the views of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Food and Health Bureau, Advisory Committee of the Chinese Medicine Development Fund, Implementation Agent of the Chinese Medicine Development Fund or Hong Kong Productivity Council.