Number of confirmed cases
|Hong Kong SAR||5,702||108|
*Source: Google Statistics
COVID-19 Key Facts
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“Older people (60+ years of age, or 50+ for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples) are more susceptible to getting sick with COVID-19 (coronavirus). The risk of serious illness, and in some reported cases death, increases with age, particularly those who have chronic illnesses or who may have a weakened immune system.”
1. [¹]The highest risk factor for increasing severity of the infection is age. Case fatality increases significantly after age 60 and peaks at around 15% for those over 80 years of age.
2. Children can contract the virus, however they are more likely to be asymptomatic or to have only mild symptoms.
3. Co-morbidities that appear to be associated with susceptibility include:
- Coronary heart disease
4. There appears to be a correlation between smoking status and infection susceptibility.
*Source: Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention
Advice for healthcare professionals
Testing for COVID-19 is recommended for:
- travellers from overseas with onset of respiratory symptoms or fever within 14 days of return
- close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases with respiratory symptoms or fever within 14 days of last contact
- healthcare workers with recent onset of respiratory symptoms and fever irrespective of travel history. Healthcare workers who have fever or respiratory symptoms should be assessed for testing on a case by case basis.
- patients admitted to hospital with acute respiratory illness or unexplained fever
- patients with acute respiratory illness or fever in high risk settings such as hospitals, aged care facilities, residential care facilities, boarding schools, cruise ships
- patients with acute respiratory illness or fever presenting with reported links to settings where COVID-19 outbreaks have occurred
- patients with unexplained respiratory symptoms or fever in Aboriginal rural and remote communities.