Irene Chik Wing-shan is a genetic researcher at Sunrise Diagnostic Center, a joint venture with genomics technology firm BGI Genomics in Hong Kong. She is among 10 technicians from the company who have been distributing and collecting bottles for COVID-19 tests for nursing homes, which accommodate the most vulnerable group in society.
The team is part of the Hong Kong government's free testing program for groups considered to be at the highest risk of contracting or spreading the virus. The government had completed the first round of testing 32,600 staff members in 1,048 nursing homes by Aug. 18, with only one infection reported.
"We're battling the same thing togerther," she said. "At this moment, every single time I go into a home, and tell them I'm giving them the test kits, the relief I see on their faces is what makes it worth it."