Singapore has been doing a stellar job containing the Coronavirus. The approach our Government mapped has gained international recognition, was praised by WHO and even had Dr Deborah Birx trying to steal some credit for the Trump administration, by saying that Singapore followed the steps mapped out by their President. Indeed, despite Singapore being one of the top destination for Wuhan residence just before their lockdown, the virus situation here was pretty much under control, till the second wave of imported cases came from all parts of the world.
24 March 2020 Further Tightening Measures
On 24 March 2020, the Government introduced further tightening measures, essentially suspending all events and mass gatherings, religious services, tuition and enrichment classes, bars and entertainment venues. Malls, tourist attractions and F&B outlets remain open but with social distancing measures (e.g 1 metre apart queues and sitting arrangements etc) and group size limit of 10 or less.
Are These Measures Sufficient?
The question is – are these measures enough? Perhaps so, if the intention is to flatten the curve and ensure that at any point in time, there are enough hospital beds to treat the infected. By implementing these measures, our Government is perhaps trying to ensure that less people will come into close contact with infected persons as there will be less people per unit of floor space. It will thus likely have an impact of slowing down the numbers infected on a daily basis and over a period of time, control the rate of spread.
But individually, it’s still possible that you will get infected, if you are unlucky enough to come in contact with an infected person 1 metre away, especially in an enclosed aircon environment. Here’s why…
Coronavirus Can Travel Up to 4.5m and Remain Airborne for Up to 3 hours!
A study from China has shown that the virus can travel and infect a person sitting as far as 4.5 metres away, in an aircon bus. Interestingly, everyone on the bus wearing a mask were spared the infection. Another separate research, indicates that the coronavirus can remain airborne for as long as 3 hours if conditions are right.
So Stay At Home, Folks
Given the above, the best way to keep yourself safe is to avoid going out unnecessarily. Dine in, watch netflix and learn to enjoy the company of your loved ones instead.
And perhaps if you wish to leave the house, wearing a mask may be prudent after all. But again, like the authorities have said, it is also not full-proof.