Students Caleb Lam (left), 15, and Kevin Ng, 16, have been taking online classes since the schools shut down. "You have nothing to do at home after classes. We chat online," Lam says. Coming off a shift at Tuen Mun Hospital in Hong Kong on Wednesday night, cardiologist Alfred Wong was getting ready to go to dinner with his wife. The last time they ate together, she brought the meal to the courtyard below their apartment, placed it on a bench, then sat down at least 10 feet away.
From across the patio, they ate. On separate benches. Looking at each other.
Wong is part of the hospital’s "dirty team," which treats only confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. So far, it’s killed more than a thousand and sickened over 50,000 people in China. In Hong Kong, there are currently at least 50 confirmed cases.
Treating patients with COVID-19 means Wong needs to be extra cautious. Alfred Wong, a cardioligst at Tuen Mun Hospital in northwest Hong Kong, now treats patients with COVID-19 and those suspected of infection. Wong, who grew up in Hong Kong, is frustrated with the slow response from the government in working to stop the spread of the disease. "I don’t go home after work. [I] stay away from my friends, stay away from my family," he says.
It’s especially hard because he and his wife are expecting their first child in April.
"It’s not easy for anyone," he says.
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