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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.
If your washing machine stops working, repairing it may cost you a great deal of money! Sometimes, the problems may not relate to the type of washing machine. The Consumer Council (or the ‘Council’) did a consumer survey previously and found that the differences in defective rate among front-loading, European top-loading and impeller-type washing machines were not significant. Do you know that if you use the washing machine properly, the chance of mechanical damage can be reduced?
To stay away from viruses, many people will frequently disinfect the objects they often use in their daily lives, and some of them would use portable UV disinfection devices claiming to be able to kill bacteria and viruses instantly. It is important to know how to choose the right disinfection product. Apart from the quality of disinfection ability, we must also be aware of the risks of use!
Nowadays, people tend to spend long hours at work, and therefore may want to install home surveillance cameras to monitor the conditions of the elderlies, children and even pets at home. However, there are many models available on the market, so how can consumers make a smart choice? This article will tell you the various features of home surveillance cameras and factors to consider when choosing the right product.
You may want to watch this video first: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_w4nSKjmVuw
In recent years, many virtual banks are launching rounds of attractive promotional offers and consumers are wooed to consider opening a virtual bank account. However, there are significant differences between virtual banks and traditional banks. Apart from the promotional offers, there are several factors that consumers should also consider before deciding to open a virtual bank account or not.
If a child has difficulty expressing information in speech, stutters, or has problem with articulation, these may be symptoms of language disorders that can hinder learning and social interaction. Furthermore, elderly people may suffer from dysphagia after a stroke and require professional assistance. In order to receive timely treatment, many people choose private institutions over public ones for treatment services. However, the register scheme for speech therapists in Hong Kong is voluntary in nature and there is limited regulation. Furthermore, the scope of services varies considerably. So, what should consumers pay attention to when choosing these services?
The use of inverter type air conditioners has become the current trend, while fixed capacity type air conditioners are being gradually phased out. Are there any tips for buying an inverter type air conditioner?