Must-Read for Medics & People Globally: New COVID-19 E-Book

The Jack Ma Foundation has published a COVID-19 prevention and treatment e-book this past Wednesday in partnership with a local hospital to share China's experience in battling the epidemic with global medical communities.

The English version of the handbook, jointly compiled with the First Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiangs University School of Medicine, has been made available online. Copies of the handbook in Italian, Spanish, Korean and Japanese are currently being prepared.

Over the past 50+ days, the hospital has treated 104 COVID-19 patients, including 78 in severe or critical condition. With pioneering efforts and new technologies, it has reported no deaths of patients or infections of medics.

"As the epidemic spreads around the world, experience is the most precious and valuable tool, and the most important weapon for medical workers to take to the battlefield," Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba Group, wrote in the preface to the manual.

"We hope the publication of this manual can at least help doctors and nurses in epidemic-affected areas in other countries walk in our footsteps when stepping on this special battlefield, instead of starting from scratch when facing the new disease," he continued.

The epidemic poses a common challenge for mankind in the era of globalization. "We will not beat the virus unless we are ready to share resources, experience and lessons with each other," Ma added.

By Wednesday, the Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation had committed to donating 11.8 million face masks and more than 1.7 million test kits to Japan, South Korea, Italy, Spain, the United States, and to all 54 African nations.

The organization has also donated RMB 100 million in support of the research and development for COVID-19 vaccination and treatment. In addition to research institutions in China, collaborations have been formalized with Columbia University in New York and the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity in Melbourne.

Alibaba's communication app DingTalk has been used by 420 million students in 39 countries and regions as a platform for remote classroom learning, according to the company. Meanwhile, Alibaba Health and Alipay have created an online channel to offer health risk assessments for the overseas Chinese population.

The handbook compared and analyzed the experience of other experts in China and provides a good reference to key departments such as hospital infection management, nursing, and outpatient clinics. This handbook provides comprehensive guidelines and best practices by China's top experts for coping with COVID-19.

This handbook, provided by the First Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University, describes how organizations can minimize the cost while maximizing the effect of measures to manage and control the coronavirus outbreak. It also discusses why hospitals and other healthcare institutions should have command centers when encountering a large-scale emergency in the context of COVID-19. 

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Editor: Crystal H