Coronavirus: Confusion over different approaches taken

The Ministry of Health has been sending out notifications and taking out advertisements to inform the public to avoid wearing a mask if they are well.

In contrast, Macau announced earlier this week that anyone who wishes to take public transportation, including buses and taxis, must don face masks.

The Macau government said it had secured 20 million masks for its 645,000 population – which works out to an average of 31 masks per person. It has also ordered that all of its casinos be shut down for at least two weeks, after a casino staff member was found to be infected by the virus.

This, in spite of the fact that the gambling industry contributes more than 80 per cent of Macau’s annual tax revenue.

To date, Macau has had 10 confirmed cases compared with 28 in Singapore.

Singapore and Macau have two very different approaches in handling the coronavirus outbreak.

Macau seems to be taking a far more precautionary one, whereas Singapore appears to not want to cause public panic.

Whatever the case, a number of people I know are confused by these conflicting messages.

To most people, it seems counterintuitive not to wear a mask under such circumstances, regardless of whether one is sick or healthy, more so now that the first cases of local transmission have been reported.

Since the coronavirus is transmitted through droplets from an infected individual, and it has been reported that some individuals may not show symptoms of infection for a few days, would it not be a good idea to minimise transmission by encouraging the public to wear masks in public enclosed areas, crowded areas and public transportation systems?

 

David Kong

 

* Letter first appeared on ST Forum and is reproduced for discussion.

 

 

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45 Responses to “Coronavirus: Confusion over different approaches taken”

  • mike:

    We are seriously handicapped. Nearly Two Decades of primary manufacturing leaving SG had seriously impacted our capability to produce when need to.

    How much more we can depend on importing?

    Seriously?

    How many of our current manufacturing lines can easily be converted to produce the essentials?

    The supreme Leader should come out and answer these questions.

    Last but not least, i want to thank Mr LKY for leaving us at least a lesser worry with water source.

    Oh… btw, please seriously consider converting part of Tekong land to manufacture medical/clean room grade masks and also manufacture our own food system… for the very least manufacture toilet papers and condoms!

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  • Walao eh, so simple answer also must ask. Of course must trust PAPies lar, 70% voted for them meaning they can be trusted wat.

    So hor, no need to wear mask, kenna liao then wear so as not to transmit to others mah. Like dat alcho dunno?

    Got eyes see wat, china leaders so stupid ask all to wear until bo stock liao, now must ask other countries to donate and sell, sibei no face right?

    If they follow PAPies say kenna than wear, now still got stock many many. No need to beg other countries, no need to lose face liao, dio bo?

    .

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  • Wear lah:

    To be safe, wear lah in public place.
    Better to be safe than sorry.

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  • Useless white elephants:

    You can’t depend on those white elephants of yours to advise you to take “precautionary safety measures” by wearing a mask, wear disposal gloves and wear protective face shield or glasses.

    You have to do everything yourselves.

    They are more worries of people hoarding on those items than safeguarding for their lives, probably?.

    Until now, the white elephants pretended that they know the virus inside and out but have failed to contain the spreading. You trust them, you may die?

    Use your vote wisely.

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  • must wear mask:

    The Ministry of Health has been sending out notifications and taking out advertisements to inform the public to avoid wearing a mask if they are well.

    In contrast, Macau announced earlier this week that anyone who wishes to take public transportation, including buses and taxis, must don face masks.

    To date, Macau has had 10 confirmed cases compared with 28 in Singapore.

    Macau seems to be taking a far more precautionary one, whereas Singapore appears to not want to cause public panic.

    1, MOH spending 70% sheep CPF money propping up pap mediacorpse. the don’t wear mask unless kenna message is incidental. pap needs pap mediacorpse to survive to tell good things about pap during GE2020 and so cannot let pap mediacorpse kaput.

    2, Macau has good people in government. The GOOD responsible people who tell its citizens to wear mas when bus mrt. unlike the pap Ljs and pap Cbs who all say wear mask only when kenna.

    3, That is why Macau has only 10 cases. Zero local transmission. pap Singapore has more than 28. and many local transmission. Maybe we should invite the Macau government to help us manage our small island nation. after all, we also have casinos.

    4, Macau has good government which places human lives above S$m. pap has Ljs and Cbs who place ownself pay ownself S$m above everything else and since their S$m ownself pay ownself systems rely on good GDP growth data sure as hell cannot let 70% sheep stop economic activity and so pap tell lies about no need to wear mask unless kenna.

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  • N.Jjungne:

    Aiyah don’t wear lah, join China to be exporting country

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  • Bapak:

    The day will come they have to eat their own words to tell everyone to put on mask when out of the house.

    We will see SG joining the death, code red list of countries soon. And it is how the idiotic stupid Sinkies70 eventually got the message how wrong they are supporting a bunch of incompetence Ljs & Cbs PAPigs and finally wake up to VTO.

    Good news!

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  • Oragne Alert:

    The govt should have done what Macau did – distribute one month supply of mask for each person to last a month. Meanwhile, re-stock the masks for another month or more if needed for another round of distribution if needed. The population density in Macau is higher than SG, and yet they have much fewer cases. They must be doing something right.

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  • REGIME CHANGE is the solution:

    It is stupid to say do not wear a mask if you are well. Why? Because somebody who is sick may not be wearing one.

    The MOH advise is another good reason for REGIME CHANGE. VTO.

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  • Kenken:

    *70% must not wear mask*, wear only when sick cos they must support the master say. 30% can wear anytime when deem fit

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  • To Mask or Not to Mask?:

    In Shenzhen, police arrests people for not wearing face-masks. The same in Thailand where the Minister told police to arrest Westerners who refuse to wear the mask. Here the 4G tells you not to wear mask if you are well. Wear only when you need to go see the doctor. Is there a sound explanation for this?

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  • nizhemoshou:

    Wicked not to at least tell the elderly , children and those with pre existing illnesses , it is advisable for them to wear the mask when they go out as they are most vulnerable groups of people to die if they are infected. That was what China had said about their death cases They were all either elderly or those with pre existing illness . Only very recently were there report of younger healthy person succumbing to the infection .

    Who is to say the spread of the contagion in China wouldnt be worse that what it is now if china leaders had told their pple not to wear masks at the get go. Fortunately they didnt or they are going to kenna jialak from their pple.
    Of course masks would run out down the road if the contagion rages on n shows no signs of abating but if they run out for this reason, it is understandable.
    What is not understandable nor acceptable if masks like run out already when contagion just began and every hsehold can be given only 4 miserable pieces of the masks and told the masks are not for them to use for protection purpose . Biggest joke of 2020

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  • nizhemoshou:

    N.Jjungne:
    Aiyah don’t wear lah, join China to be exporting country

    SG already exporting country going by reports of an infected korean man returning home from attending a business meeting in SG and a Briton who said he was in SG before he went home .

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  • TruBlu:

    Ministers n $CHOLARS MUST LEAD BY EXAMPLE BY NOT WEARING MASKS UNTIL THEY ARE TAKEN ILL???

    THEIR FAMILIES TOO?

    WHERE ARE THE MASKS?
    WHO hoard them?

    Why no news?
    How come NO PRE-PLANNING LIKE RATIONING WHEN WUHAN VIRUS FIRST ANNOUNCED DESPITE SG HAS MANY PRCs ?

    Are our $CHOLARS ONLY GOOD AT BASHING SGS N TALKING BIRD STORIES?

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  • Be REAL:

    WTF we have a bunch of $m idiots who are not medically trained or qualified to chair this, co- chair that to give advice on such deadly disease.

    Pay them million but none can lead to handle the crisis. All take shelter under some high sounding committee but cannot pinpoint who is actually calling the shot or to be accountable.

    Disgusting

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Oragne Alert:
    The govt should have done what Macau did – distribute one month supply of mask for each person to last a month. Meanwhile, re-stock the masks for another month or more if needed for another round of distribution if needed. The population density in Macau is higher than SG, and yet they have much fewer cases. They must be doing something right.

    Are you kidding the govt will WHAT!!!…the 1st thing the govt did was to remove FREE MASK @ Polyclinic when you visit…ask why??? the stoopid answer is we the frontline needs it more than you sick people

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  • Dont ever trust PAP:

    I think PAP knows there are not enough masks to go round.
    That is why PAP decides to give 4 masks to every household to soothe our nerves, and asks you not to wear it if you are well!
    PAP has now enlisted the mainstream media, Mediacorp to spread this propaganda.
    It is fake news at best because there are no masks on the shelves of pharmacies and retailers for days if not weeks now.
    Yes, priority should be given to the medical staff, front line workers (banks, retail, receptionists).
    It is wrong to tell people not to wear masks (for whatever reasons).
    Just like PAP stop at 2 family planning from 1970s to the 2000s.
    Singaporeans get brainwashed and feel stigmatised if they do contrary to the propaganda like in communist countries where people have to toe the party line.
    I remember people making uncalled for remarks about pig/sow on people who have 3 or more kids then. Of course people like former EP and the current half India half Malay EP have more than 2 children each, they are “above the law”, can afford to have what they want.
    Diversity builds up resilience, not group think.

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  • You responsible for yourself!!:

    To Mask or Not to Mask?:
    In Shenzhen, police arrests people for not wearing face-masks. The same in Thailand where the Minister told police to arrest Westerners who refuse to wear the mask. Here the 4G tells you not to wear mask if you are well. Wear only when you need to go see the doctor. Is there a sound explanation for this?

    The simple reason could be that there is not enough mask in stock pile. Though gov released 5 million It was snapped up fast! Why? because foreigners and connected to retailers, able to buy 160K and above 10K while sinkie queue long long at most only 10 pieces, Now not even able to. You are responsible for your own life. Our control of masks is bad. There should be a ban on export when within our country we are short! Sinapore is poor in pandemic preparedness. We are ranked 24, mind you compared to Thalind 6, Korea 9 and malaysia 18.

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  • ShameYewCum SC:

    If don’t use masks, we can get infected.
    So is the scholar 4G saying we wear masks after we fall I’ll?

    Then please ask Nurses in hospitals to NOT WEAR MASKS.

    HOw stupid is stupid ?

    We shall see.

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  • 69% mandated:

    This is sg , not macau nor china.

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  • Ban wearing masks if well:

    Will 4G ban wearing of masks by those who have yet gotten infected?

    Unless by martial law or forced, I WILL INSIST ON WEARING MY MASKS citing Human Rights.

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  • Ban wearing masks if well:

    Let the 4G walk the talk and talk to those infected without wearing masks since they are not yet infected.

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  • Asd:

    Ya different policy I think here we have citizen die can still import to replace policy

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  • Masquerade:

    We have enough masks then why stockpiling in the warehouse for whom? Everyday pharmacies will tell you out of stock and no idea when new stock will arrive.

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  • Harder Truths:

    If you question the all-knowing clowns – that it POFMA.
    But if you die because of not refusing to believe – that is your business.

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  • Jbohn Lim:

    This is a very irresponsible thing to say. How does one know that you are not sick? The virus takes 2 weeks to show signs. You have been infected without knowing it, and you are spreading the virus!

    The mask is also to prevent the virus from infecting you. So if you go out into a crowded place, someone with the virus may infect you. The mask will prevent that.

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  • REGIME CHANGE is the solution:

    REGIME CHANGE is the solution:
    It is stupid to say do not wear a mask if you are well. Why? Because somebody who is sick may not be wearing one.

    The MOH advise is another good reason for REGIME CHANGE. VTO.

    Also, a person might be spreading the virus but has no symptoms. Maybe they can only give 4 masks free so do not wear unless you are sick. Maybe you a 5th free one (used) if the virus kills you.

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  • Toilet paper alternative:

    Those who did not stock up on toilet paper should not worry. You can use Straits Times (especially the Saturday edition with more pages). Wet it first to soften it just before use.

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  • justanothercitizen:

    MIW decisions are all about $$$$. They wanna project that all is well in Sgp, no wide spread, no community spread. Tourists to continue coming here, work and productivity not compromised.

    But they forget that social media disseminate news and prudent countries and their citizens will check those news and do what is wise.
    Are leaders of other nations and cities stupid? Did they also not have information about mask wearing from medical experts? Are those leaders inciting panic in their communities?

    If the concern is that there may not be enough mask later, then the dutiful thing for the government to do is to go and source for them and purchase sufficient for the next phase of this crisis.

    So protect us now and keep on staying a step ahead in the fight.
    But MIW is $$$$ minded and discourages us from wearing mask.

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  • Lee Gan Yew:

    Singapore seems so REACTIVE and not Preemptive.

    World highest paid politicians? 4G ?

    China 5G already!

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  • Nurses wear mask:

    If a PAP minster would visit a hospital and talk to a coronavirus patient for 10minuste without wearing any mask, then the walk the talk and then I too will not wear mask.

    Would LP min motion for ban on nurses from wearing masks?

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  • Orange Alert:

    There is a global shortage of face-masks. According to CNN, China and Taiwan are the two leading suppliers, and are trying to cope with domestic demands. The global demand has been multiplied by 5. Is that the reason why each person here is given only 4 pcs of masks? If there is enough supply, the stores should have them on the shelves. That isn’t the case.

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  • tan kin lian the pea brained:

    Orange Alert:
    There is a global shortage of face-masks. According to CNN, China and Taiwan are the two leading suppliers, and are trying to cope with domestic demands. The global demand has been multiplied by 5. Is that the reason why each person here is given only 4 pcs of masks? If there is enough supply, the stores should have them on the shelves. That isn’t the case.

    in a family of 4, 4 masks mean 1 mask per person forever.

    in a family of 7, 4 masks mean sharing of masks.

    where got logic?

    pap has not learned from SARS. stockpiled 5m for 6.9m mouths? what happens when 10.0m?

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  • Longan Lee:

    Wear Condoms only after get HIV ?

    Everybody laugh at this idiot!

    What a laughing stock ,dishonorable son , kia su king can only cheat to win.
    He never win honestly. So he never can contest without cheating. More and more worried and lacking confidence with every contest.

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  • Longan Lee:

    So, at Geylang no need condom but wear after get HIV , TB , HPV, LV and LPC ?

    Die already then put on mask can?

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  • Bapak:

    Good try bro. I will never use this shit paper. Use it not for your mouth, to shit on yes.

    Toilet paper alternative:
    Those who did not stock up on toilet paper should not worry. You can use Straits Times (especially the Saturday edition with more pages). Wet it first to soften it just before use.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    ShameYewCum SC:
    If don’t use masks, we can get infected.
    So is the scholar 4G saying we wear masks after we fall I’ll?

    Then please ask Nurses in hospitals to NOT WEAR MASKS.

    HOw stupid is stupid ?

    Stupidity is; believing 4=5. An Indian is a Malay. The Malay community said so.

    A “selected” President is an “elected” President.

    GRC is for minority race representation in Parliament, but mainly the useless Chinese MPs used GRCs to enter Parliament. Whereas an Indian was voted into Parliament all by himself.

    Inside 200M is not within 200M radius.

    “sufficient” masks is when you cannot find it anywhere.

    Well, it was this stupidity that got the PAP voted in again and again.

    Sir, you cannot ask “How stupid.. “, because “Intelligence has its limit but not stupidity”. And “stupidity has no cure”.

    Also “Idiot politician is not the problem, the problem is having idiot voters keep voting them in”

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  • You Die Your Own Business:

    Lee Gan Yew:
    Singapore seems so REACTIVE and not Preemptive.

    World highest paid politicians? 4G ?

    China 5G already!

    These reactive bookworms are sleeping on their money pile and waiting patiently for an already corrupted WHO’s instructions, while WHO themselves are waiting for fake data from their evil paymaster.

    Many countries already saw through the corrupt and incompetence in WHO and had done the necessities to safeguard their citizens, ignoring the WHO.

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  • New Government does better:

    Bapak:
    Good try bro. I will never use this shit paper. Use it not for your mouth, to shit on yes.

    very well said, bro.

    tell you the truth. all of us hate to touch that states times paper. the ink stains the hand and each time after touching it the inclination is to wash hands immediately.

    that is why we avoid the shit as far as we can. sometimes no choice touch it. the next thing you see shall be our wet hands. just cannot tahan the pap states times quality. very bad and hope it dies soon since we really don’t bother about it.

    we only shall pay for the true Straits Times after pap is toppled and New Government is in power. until then, we don’t touch the pap states times as far as we can avoid it.

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  • REGIMECHANGE is the solution:

    Bapak:
    Good try bro. I will never use this shit paper. Use it not for your mouth, to shit on yes.

    Toilet paper is only for shitting. Not safe to use on mouth.

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  • Logic Defeats any lawyer:

    NotMyProblem: Stupidity is; believing 4=5. An Indian is a Malay. The Malay community said so.

    A “selected” President is an “elected” President.

    GRC is for minority race representation in Parliament, but mainly the useless Chinese MPs used GRCs to enter Parliament. Whereas an Indian was voted into Parliament all by himself.

    Inside 200M is not within 200M radius.

    “sufficient” masks is when you cannot find it anywhere.

    Well, it was this stupidity that got the PAP voted in again and again.

    Sir, you cannot ask “How stupid.. “, because “Intelligence has its limit but not stupidity”. And “stupidity has no cure”.

    Also “Idiot politician is not the problem, the problem is having idiot voters keep voting them in”

    But Wait! There’s more!
    You OWN your flat OWNED by HDB.
    Barnone. Only in Singapore !
    Singrish!

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  • Be aware when buying:

    Masks are not effective esp coming from china.. saw a news clip the production and packing of masks..
    The production opetators and packers were not wearing gloves or masks ..
    The millions of masks coming from such places are already infected, tho not necc the virus germs..
    Whereas i saw another clip in japan and thailand, the correct hygenic measures were followed..
    Im not anti china or prc people ..just stating the facts.
    Now im wondering where the free masks we got from gov came from.

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  • Carry Lam - Par:

    As I may see it, there could be an under lying reason why we are told to not wear a mask if we are well.

    I believe it is also a security concern of the police to manage and deter crime.

    Imagine, if everybody puts on a mask, it will expose a perfect opportunity for the terrorists and criminals to seize by veilling their faces and avoid recognition to carry out their acts during this time of stress and panic.

    If this was to happen, all the surveillence cameras at every street and buildings will render ineffective to apprehend them.

    Remember the HK face mask ban on protesters ?

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  • Each person?:

    Orange Alert:
    There is a global shortage of face-masks. According to CNN, China and Taiwan are the two leading suppliers, and are trying to cope with domestic demands. The global demand has been multiplied by 5. Is that the reason why each person here is given only 4 pcs of masks? If there is enough supply, the stores should have them on the shelves. That isn’t the case.

    Hello, not each person. Each family and assuming your family sze with helper is only 4. Some more you have to reuse the mask ?

    Certainly you reduce the risk if you wear a mask even though it is reatively small for areas of less risk. eg. not in crowd, not in mrt, bus, unwell individuals….

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  • Most Singkies Do Not Think:

    “Since the coronavirus is transmitted through droplets from an infected individual, and it has been reported that some individuals may not show symptoms of infection for a few days, would it not be a good idea to minimise transmission by encouraging the public to wear masks in public enclosed areas, crowded areas and public transportation systems?”

    Any logical person would agree with you. However, . . . . Very Sad.

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