Louis Koo Takes Care of Seniors

By on February 15, 2020 in NEWS

Louis Koo Takes Care of Seniors

The actor distributed masks to veteran actors who continued working amid the coronavirus outbreak.

With the Covid-19 (novel coronavirus) situation worsening, supply of masks have run out in many stores in Hong Kong, leaving some such as veteran actress Angelina Lo (盧宛茵) to DIY their own. Doing their part, celebrities including Louis Koo (古天樂) and Steven Ma (馬浚偉) have extended a helping hand by contributing resources to those who needed them.

Pressing Mask Shortage

Actor Joe Tay (鄭敬基) recently shared on social media about how 66-year-old veteran actress Angelina Lo had to DIY her own mask to wear to work due to shortage. He observed worryingly that most elderly in Hong Kong did not have sufficient supply of masks to protect themselves. There were also reports earlier that 82-year-old Yu Mo Lin (余慕蓮) had only 20 masks at home and hence had to use the same one for two days straight.

As president of the Hong Kong Performing Artistes’ Guild, Louis Koo quickly set to work by sourcing for and distributing some 20,000 masks to senior veteran actors who needed them. Louis placed orders for more masks, but was unsure when stock would arrive in Hong Kong.

Actor Steven Ma, who regularly engages in charitable efforts, also led his team of volunteers to deliver kits of masks and alcohol-based sanitizers to three organizations and eight families on February 14. Sharing about preparing sanitizer sprays, raincoats and wet tissue for his team, he wrote, “Hope everyone can diligently practice good hygiene and cleanliness, and care for oneself and others too.” The actor shared that he would continue to distribute the resources as soon as he receives them.

Joining Hands to Tide Through Crisis

Former actress Mary Jean Reime (翁靜晶), one of the ones who helped procure masks, also shared on social media, “Through my primary school classmate’s logistics company which received thousands of masks, I managed to get 3,000, a thousand of which I passed to Tai Po Hospital, and another thousand to Danny Chan Fan Club. 500 were distributed to The Hong Kong Ex-servicemen’s Association (HKESA) and the remaining 500 went to media friends and company staff.” She added that she could not understand why  masks had to become a scarcity despite it being in the Hong Kong government’s ability to procure them.

Leading tour groups earlier in Mexico and Cuba, travel personality James Hong (項明生) had purchased some alcohol-based sanitizers, wipes and a small quantity of surgical masks overseas. Organizing online efforts to procure masks and distributing them, he realized that there were many helpless seniors who lived alone in Hong Kong, and felt the resources he had were better given to those who needed them since he spent much of his time staying home to write.

Source: Sky Post

This article is written by JoyceK for JayneStars.com.

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6 comments to Louis Koo Takes Care of Seniors

  1. megamiaow says:

    “Only had 20 masks at home”

    How many does one person need?! Surely you can just use one a day and wash the others in between?

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    • jane626 replied:

      I don’t think you can wash disposable masks, the filter becomes useless once wet. For cloth ones, there’s a disposable filter you have to put in.

      Like my grandma, most seniors like to hoard their resources and save them.

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      • megamiaow replied:

        @jane626 I see, no wonder stocks are so low then…

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    • m0m0 replied:

      @megamiaow
      Hoarding mask is one thing cause you have to use one everyday. But I saw on the news that toilet paper ram out. Some guy went to four markets but couldn’t get toilet paper. What’s the deal with toilet paper????

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      • bearbear replied:

        @m0m0 I think though can’t confirm that the toilet papers hoarding is due to hygiene purpose since one would visit the washroom often enough? It brings to the next question, why can’t they use bidet? Maybe they don’t have one?

        While one can understand the mentality of stocking up to last awhile, some online pictures I saw looked as if they have the intention not to leave the house for the next two years. And it’s disgusting if these “hoarders” intent to profit from the situation they have helped to create.

        As for the masks, not only are they useless once wet, it is also not recommended to wear after some hours. Cloth mask is said not to be effective.

        When masks are in worldwide shortage, the ones who must wear them are the those who are sick, not only because they may help the spreading but if they don’t have the virus, they are more vulnerable. However often enough, whichever the place is, these people either don’t wear one, wear incorrectly (e.g. cover mouth only), wear but remove it when they start to cough or sneeze. If they don’t want to wear a mask as it’s really uncomfortable then they should stay at home and not help spread their virus love.

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      • megamiaow replied:

        @m0m0 I can see why its being hoarded, I cant imagine what it would be like running out….

        Not sure if coronovirus justifies such an end of the world response like it is right now.

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