Resilience of Hong Kong people in the COVID-19 pandemic: lessons learned from a survey at the peak of the pandemic in Spring 2020
Asia Pac. J. Soc. Work Develop.
At the beginning of the pandemic, the world has likened COVID-19 to SARS which devastated Hong Kong in 2003. Based on the results of a survey conducted between March and April 2020 with 761 Hong Kong adult residents, we summarised three lessons on the coping of Hong Kong people: (i) Establish adequate personal vigilance, (ii) Brace for a mental health crisis and (iii) Find strengths in social and community support. Social workers’ roles in health education, identifying service gaps, resource mapping and orchestrating community actions are vital for empowering flexible and adaptive community responses.