Behind Closed Doors: Quarantine and Mental Health

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Hong Kong’s mandatory 21 days quarantine is the longest in the world, and controversy surrounds the benefits to society versus the consequences to those who endure it. Journalist and therapist Kate Whitehead won the Mind HK Award for the best English-language journalism coverage of mental health issues in 2019 and 2020, and has written extensively about the Hong Kong quarantine experience. Today she moderates a panel of experts who weigh up the long term impacts of 21 days in solitary confinement: Dr. Judith Blaine, who wrote the first scientific study of quarantine in Hong Kong, Dr. Elisabeth Wong, a psychiatrist with the Alpha Clinic and Dr. Gira Patel, a Hong Kong-based mental health counsellor and co-founder of mental health app bien-être.

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