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    SARS vs Wuhan Virus - Reminisce about the good old days

    @shri since I know you were here during SARS, were there such drastic closures like this back then?


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    @MatthieuTofu - no. I think this is largely due to social media pressure.

    GeoExpat was around then .. search through the forums...

    Some random bits I remember.

    I recall travelling for seminars / launch events etc during those days. The Singaporeans were a bit worried with my presence and one even refused to share a taxi with me to the airport after an event in BKK. Interestingly there were 3-4 people on that flight back and the pilot thanked us for flying cathay... but the fuckers did not upgrade us to biz.

    I do remember a lot of fuss over Amoy Garden's quarantine... but no building lobbies were burnt.

    I don't think we really took any days off - wandered into work and sometimes wandered into customer's offices for meetings - no shaking hands.

    We could get into any restaurant we wanted and were welcomed!

    This was BIG news: Sars Affects Yuppies...

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    Quote Originally Posted by shri
    @MatthieuTofu - no. I think this is largely due to social media pressure.
    some other differences, case zero was here in HK, SARS was completely novel, and was then spreading (relatively slowly) from Hong Kong, whereas the wuhan virus appears to be circulating much faster, and there was no real no panic to buy masks as we have a moment

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    there was no real no panic to buy masks as we have a moment
    I think there was some sort of shortage - or may be N95 was a new thing. I do recall getting a care package for our office, from Australia at that time.

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    I remember there was a shortage of protective gear for hospital front workers and a huge fund raiser by the public to get what was needed. This shamed the government into some sort of action.
    Back then mainlanders weren’t able to travel as freely as they are now, hence after the super-spreader came from Guangdong, the subsequent infections happened here - Metropol Hotel, hospital staff and fellow patients...
    Travelling to China, I went to Hangzhou and Shanghai almost on a weekly basis, provided its own challenges. I remember being rounded up, together with fellow Hong Kongers, by the neighbourhood committee in the Lobby of the Sheraton Tai Ping Yang to have my temperature taken several time a day. We also had to live on a special what they called ‘infected’ floor.
    At Shanghai airport there was a sign in the washroom saying ‘disinfected hourly’, it had not been cleaned in ages though and was really filthy. Airport staff in hazmat gear took our health declarations. I noticed that they didn’t wash their hands after using the toilets....
    On a China Eastern flight I had my temperature taken. When I asked what is was, they told me “32 degrees, you’re fine”. I told them that I would most certainly be dead if that were the case, they replied that they ‘adjusted’ the thermometer, in order to avoid trouble ...


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    yes, I remember that "N95" was the new thing for sars.

    one take away the government and HA still haven't learned the bitter lessons from SARS in my view


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    I traveled to Japan from the US in April, 2003, and was shunned for having been exposed to SARS upon my return. Because, yeah, HK and Japan are RIGHT NEXT DOOR to each other...


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    I didn't return home in 2003to Australia to visit the family for fear of bringing it with me . To everyones great relief as I recall !

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    During the 2009 H1N1 (Swine flu) outbreak we were trying to deliver a bunch of games and books ordered by relatives of tourists who were quarantined in the Metropark hotel. Took us a few attempts before we could find a courier brave enough attempt a delivery there.

    https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/...0905020021.htm

    Experience some deja vu - H1N1 thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by MatthieuTofu
    @shri since I know you were here during SARS, were there such drastic closures like this back then?
    There are a couple of differences

    1) Social Media
    2) HK Gov were trusted to be competent

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