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In recent years, public health awareness has been on the rise. Many people pursue better health and physique through exercising. Whilst the Consumer Council has continuously reminded consumers to avoid high-value prepayment transactions to minimise loss, the business model of fitness centres generally involves prepaid consumption. In case of the closure of fitness centres, how can consumers safeguard their own rights?
Amid the severe COVID-19 outbreak, it’s essential to have Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) Kits at the ready. With so many brands on the market, how should you choose? The Consumer Council has prepared 10 rapid fire questions addressing your queries. You may also use our certified Search Tool for Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) Kits Approved for Use by Various Regions, which combines approved RAT lists from Hong Kong, Mainland China, Macau, Singapore, Australia, EU, and USA.
COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) Kits Search Tool: https://ccchoice.org/RATsearch
View our Usage Guide video for tips on interpreting the Search Tool contents: https://ccchoice.org/v-RATsearch
It has been almost a year since the COVID-19 became a global pandemic. Citizens of Hong Kong experienced face mask shortage at the beginning of the pandemic. Later, the situation improved, and there was also no lack of face mask supply in the market. For a while, some members of the public instead turned to the aesthetics of masks. Later, when the fourth wave hit, everyone continued to stay vigilant in the fight against the pandemic and again focussed on the protective and preventive efficacies of face masks. Properly wearing surgical masks is effective in preventing diseases transmitted through respiratory droplets. After our last test in 2017, the Council again collected 30 face mask models for testing, examining the quality of disposable masks in the market. The results showed that in terms of two very important prevention indicators, Bacterial Filtration Efficiency (BFE) and Particle Filtration Efficiency (PFE), most specimens reached 95% or above. Performance was in general satisfactory. However, about one-third of the specimens did not perform well in the harness (earloop) tension test.
With the recurring waves of the epidemic, we must always maintain a high level of hygiene awareness. Hand washing is the top priority amongst daily epidemic prevention habits. In this article, we will debunk 4 common myths about hand washing, so consumers can keep their hands clean the right way!
To coincide with the raising of the response level under the “Preparedness and Response Plan for Novel Infectious Disease of Public Health Significance” to “Emergency Response Level”, the Council has developed the “Together, We Fight the Virus” webpage offering the public a certified Search Tool for Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) Kits Approved for Use by Various Regions, and free download on test findings of anti-epidemic gear, such as face masks and disinfectants.
Facing the new normal brought about by the epidemic, frequent disinfection and wearing a mask have become part of our daily life. Although the epidemic has stabilised temporarily, we still cannot slack off as a new pandemic wave may be triggered at any time. The Consumer Council brings you the latest summary of the efficacy of different anti-epidemic tools to ensure effective prevention of the epidemic!
Studies have found that if you apply lip balm twice a day, you may have ingested about 4 tubes of lip balm each year. In recent years, many lip balm products have been detected to contain a large amount of carcinogenic mineral oil substances, some of which may be accumulated in the body after being ingested. Therefore, the safety of the ingredients to be used in lip balm is extremely important!
Ultraviolet (UV) radiation emitted by the sun is present throughout the year. Your skin may also be damaged by UV radiation even during winter season! Taking steps to protect yourself from the sun is, hence, a year-round responsibility. Let's learn more about the harmful effects of UV radiation on the skin!