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Source: Hong Kong Information Services

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The Hospital Authority today said all citizens should stay vigilant against COVID-19 regardless of age, as coronavirus complications are not limited to the elderly.

Addressing questions raised by the media about a 42-year-old female COVID-19 patient who passed away last night, the authority’s Chief Manager (Patient Safety & Risk Management) Dr Sara Ho noted that this is not the first time the authority reported a death that involved a fairly young patient.

“As far as I remember, we have also reported on a relatively young age death case in the first episode of the COVID-19 epidemic.

“That’s why we always emphasise, it’s not a certainty that if you are young, you will not develop COVID-19 complications. That’s why we emphasise a lot that you need to be vigilant – keep up your hand hygiene and infection control measures – because you never know whether you’ll be the one affected severely by this infection.”

In addition to providing further details about the patient concerned, Dr Ho urged people to promptly consult a doctor if they experience coronavirus symptoms.

“The 42-year-old female patient who passed away developed symptoms on December 4 and then she attended the accident and emergency department of Queen Elizabeth Hospital on December 6.

“I would not say there was any delay in seeking treatment, but I would recommend that those who develop symptoms need to attend the doctor for a check-up and also treatment as soon as possible.”

MIL OSI Asia Pacific News