Home > science & nature > Spreading fear about Hong Kong’s prison homes

Spreading fear about Hong Kong’s prison homes

 

A Hong Kong prison home (Jerome Favre/Bloomberg)

A Hong Kong prison home (Jerome Favre/Bloomberg)

Hong Kong prison homes spur virus risk decade after Sars, according to Bloomberg, though I’m not sure the article makes its point.

The worst Sars outbreak in Amoy Gardens was caused by poor sanitary conditions (human excrement getting blown in through the ventilation system?!) rather than cramped “prison homes”. And Hong Kong’s role in global outbreaks is surely related to its proximity to China (where animals and humans are in close contact) and its highly transient population.

However, the risks are not uniform. People who live in prison homes face a terrible existence, to be sure, but they are probably not super-spreaders who are going to hop on a plane to New York. Nor are they likely to work in offices. New strains do not originate in places like this and are not spread by people who live in such places. Those folk are most likely at risk from the rest of us, rather than the other way round.

Yes, we should care about the conditions these people must endure, but it’s surely not necessary to stigmatise them further by making the dubious assertion that their existence poses a biological risk to the whole world.

We should draw attention to their plight because it is inhumane, not because it’s scary to folk in Springfield.

Advertisements
Categories: science & nature
  1. No comments yet.
  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

TheFinance.sg

words from oblivion

Singapore IPOs

words from oblivion

Scene Asia

words from oblivion

S-REIT Investment Blog

words from oblivion

SRS Retirement Fund

words from oblivion

Patrick Chovanec

An American Perspective from China

Trading Fund

words from oblivion

Investing for your future

words from oblivion

words from oblivion

Mao Money, Mao Problems

words from oblivion

Korea Real Time

Analysis and insight into what's making news on the Korean peninsula

words from oblivion

India Real Time

Unique analysis and insights from The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires on the daily news in the world's largest democracy

IN PRAISE OF CHINA

words from oblivion

Hong Kong

words from oblivion

FT Trading Room

words from oblivion

China Real Time Report

words from oblivion

Economics Malaysia

words from oblivion

Chinese Law Prof Blog

words from oblivion

%d bloggers like this: