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The impact of COVID-19 differs among different countries in the Asia-Pacific region, depending on factors such as border control, availability of healthcare infrastructure, adequacy of screening test, and etc. This article “COVID-19: A tale of two pandemics across the Asia Pacific region” presented the influence of pandemic across the Asia-Pacific. It stated good examples in Vietnam, New Zealand and Australia for their successful control measures in response to COVID-19. Another key lesson learnt is the importance of massive screening test and contact tracing, which is effective in identifying asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic patients. (Paediatr Respir Rev. 2020 Sep;35:75-80. doi: 10.1016/j.prrv.2020.06.018.)


Anyone interested in future collaboration in this field of research is welcome to contact our key investigator Prof Gary WONG in the Department of Paediatrics, CUHK. Prof Wong’s research focuses on epidemiology of asthma and allergic disorders, environmental determinants and gene environmental interaction of asthma, non-invasive asthma monitoring and assessment, and lung function assessment in young children.