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Telehealth doctors' group rolls out network amid pandemic

By Zhou Wenting in Shanghai | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2020-04-30 21:18

An international healthcare group rolled out a network of doctors from more than 10 countries to help better serve the public in managing their health and maximally preventing infection within households amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The telehealth service will engage COVID-19 experts from around the world and be provided via mobile, tablet, PC and TV, said Wei Siang Yu, founder and chairman of the Borderless Healthcare Group founded in Singapore, during a live broadcast to introduce the launch of the service on Wednesday.

He said the online platform involves medical experts from Singapore, Thailand, China, the United States, Canada, Australia and some European countries and it allows physicians in every country to create online-to-offline borderless joint care.

Doctors said city lockdowns, contact tracing and en masse testing by many countries may have missed out on asymptomatic COVID-19 carriers, thereby allowing such carriers and undetected symptomatic ones to continue to cross-infect within communities and homes. Doctors at the platform will give advice on managing and avoiding cross-infection blind spots at home.

"The risk of cross-infection within the household is high and could potentially lead to new, unpredictable community outbreaks despite the circuit breaker implemented by the government. The best medicine now is immediate implementation of community health with the option to extend to home health for long-term sustainable defence," Yu said.

In addition to infection and respiratory management of COVID-19, these experts would also offer support in related health issues, such as fertility management, immunity boosting dietary advice, oncology management and psychological wellbeing.

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