It’s a rather good virus

I’m currently living in a region under siege. Ever since the 2019 Coronavirus, which started in the Chinese city of Wuhan, broke onto the world stage, nations around the world have been gearing up for a global pandemic. When I landed in Hanoi on the 23rd of January 2020, the Vietnamese (who have a history of hosting large numbers of Chinese travelers) had already placed thermo-cameras and ordered all immigration officers were ordered to order mask. By the time I returned to Singapore a week later, Singapore had also put up cameras.

Right thinking people are scared of this virus. Unlike HIV, which has clear forms of transmissions, all of which require intimate contact (sex, intravenous drug use and mother to child transfusion) nobody is quite sure how this virus is spread. It seems to be airborne, and so mask is one possible safeguard. However, nobody is really sure.  At the time of writing, the office buildings around my office are all conducting screenings at the point of entry and in some offices, there are additional screenings and declarations.

While this virus is “scary” from a healthcare point of view, it’s been something of gift to certain authoritarian leaders. While the administration of Xi Jinping has been criticized for not releasing information earlier and attempting to cover up and fudge statistics on the virus, the virus has helped keep the Hong Kong protestors at home, thus reducing a tough foreign policy-public relations problem.

Mr. Xi has also had the chance to brandish how quickly China gets things done – he’s managed to lock down a city of 11 million and a hospital to contain patients of the virus was built in a matter of days (the comparison with India becomes more glaring. As many Indian pundits would point out – China can do these things because its not a democracy – the Indians however, do retort that a good portion of their population are vegetarian – so despite India’s inferior infrastructure, India has yet to export a pandemic). President Xi has also brandished his “nationalist” credentials by lashing out at countries that have barred Chinese visitors.

Singapore’s Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong, has also managed to enjoy the virus. Despite some criticism from the online media over the issuance of mask, the government has not wasted no opportunity in using the crisis to call for unity of the population and when there was a bout of panic buying of essential goods like the toilet paper, the government wasted no time in coming out to sound like the voice of reason.

More importantly the government has won praise on the global stage for its handling of the crisis. Professor David Heymann of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has declared that Singapore is doing the right things – taking the necessary precautions without overdoing it. Professor Heymann’s comments can be found in a Straits Times article.

This is music to the Singapore government’s ears. What more could it want to show the population that the “international” community recognizes its competence.

The virus is scary. Every day, the ruthless half is reminding me to look after myself. Precautions should be taken. Nobody knows when the crisis will die down. However, one thing can be certain – the government will milk the crisis for what it’s worth.

 

Tang Li

*The author blogs at https://beautifullyincoherent.blogspot.com/
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31 Responses to “It’s a rather good virus”

  • Don't Put It To Waste:

    “”Singapore’s Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong, has also managed to enjoy the virus. Despite some criticism from the online media over the issuance of mask, the government has not wasted no opportunity in using the crisis to call for unity of the population and when there was a bout of panic buying of essential goods like the toilet paper, the government wasted no time in coming out to sound like the voice of reason.

    More importantly the government has won praise on the global stage for its handling of the crisis. Professor David Heymann of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has declared that Singapore is doing the right things – taking the necessary precautions without overdoing it. Professor Heymann’s comments can be found in a Straits Times article.”"

    Why let a crisis put to waste?

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  • pap says wear mask after kenna:

    one thing is for sure.

    listen to pap die fastest.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Declaring it a Pandemic or whatever that can spread the disease by air or droplets does NOT bother the Idiots who live in a lifestyle different from the lesser mortals…

    Closing schools or supplying mask is out of POCKET from GIC with the Jinx having less to Draw from…

    Act DRUNK that all is well no need for mask unless UNWELL…

    That!!! is what bastards who have no heart are GOOD FOR…Money 1st life and death is NOT their CONcern!!!

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  • REGIME CHANGE is the solution:

    Straits Times: Coronavirus: Chief medical officer responds to view that everyone should wear a mask to avoid infection

    More “spin” because MOH made a mistake by saying wear mask only when you are sick likely because do not want the “bad optics” of most Singaporeans wearing masks and to highlight the fact there is a limited number of masks available locally.

    Spinner Mak says “no evidence that it(virus) is airborne”. Another stupid statement. An infected person (without symptoms) sneezes without covering his/her mouth makes the virus airborne. You likely get kena if you are close by not wearing a mask.

    The earlier “spin” is that wearing a mask gives a false sense of security and people will less likely wash their hands. A stupid reason believed only by the stupids.

    Do not want to admit mistake likely because of hubris. Has LKY (or PAP) ever admitted they a made mistake?

    WEAR A MASK WHEN GOING OUTSIDE THE HOUSE. YOU DO NOT WANT TO DIE BECAUSE OF SOMEBODY ELSE’S MISTAKEAND/OR HUBRIS. YOU CANNOT VOTE FOR REGIME CHANGE IF YOU ARE DEAD.

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  • Bapak:

    The 4 medical doctors would not put up the appeal letter for nothing. They know how easy to get the virus. Those who do not put on the mask and think they would not get it better go watch the 3 min very eerie video of three dead children were put in one body bag wrapped up together to be taken away to cremate. This video could be a wake up call to all.

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  • REGIME CHANGE is the solution:

    Straits Times: Pandemic expert Laurie Garrett outlines strict personal hygiene to avoid coronavirus

    More “spin” and a “red herring”. Singaporeans person hygiene is quite ok or it would be all over social media if it is not. Raising it now is just a “red herring” to distract/mislead.

    The real issue with the Wuhan virus epidemic is the need for ADDITIONAL PROTECTION, i.e., the mask.

    WEAR ONE WHEN OUTSIDE THE HOUSE. BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY.

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  • REGIME CHANGE is the solution:

    Straits Times: How fear distorts our thinking about the coronavirus …”The solution isn’t to try to think more carefully. It’s to trust the experts.”

    More “spin” from MSM to cover-up stupid MOH advise to wear mask only if sick.

    Do NOT trust “experts” and politicians (and their stooges).

    TRUST YOUR COMMON SENSE. WEAR A MASH WHEN OUTSIDE THE HOUSE. YOUR COMMON SENSE SHOULD ALSO BE TELLING YOU TO VOTE FOR REGIME CHANGE.

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  • Where?:

    Bapak:
    The 4 medical doctors would not put up the appeal letter for nothing. They know how easy to get the virus. Those who do not put on the mask and think they would not get it better go watch the 3 min very eerie video of three dead children were put in one body bag wrapped up together to be taken away to cremate. This video could be a wake up call to all.

    Where is the video?

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  • Wrong priority:

    Don't Put It To Waste:
    “”Singapore’s Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong, has also managed to enjoy the virus. Despite some criticism from the online media over the issuance of mask, the government has not wasted no opportunity in using the crisis to call for unity of the population and when there was a bout of panic buying of essential goods like the toilet paper, the government wasted no time in coming out to sound like the voice of reason.

    More importantly the government has won praise on the global stage for its handling of the crisis. Professor David Heymann of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has declared that Singapore is doing the right things – taking the necessary precautions without overdoing it. Professor Heymann’s comments can be found in a Straits Times article.””

    Why let a crisis put to waste?

    Economic numbers and monies more important than life (citizens’s life)?

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  • PAPVID-20:

    Yep, I agree that “it’s a rather good virus”………. as it exposes the incompetencies of our jiak liao bee pap G.

    It’s not the people outside sg who will be voting in the coming GE. It’s singaporeans votes that matter.

    So, the jiak liao bees can continue to bluff the people elsewhere and be happy with the music from the global stage but we singaporeans already know how ‘capable’ this present G is in dealing with crisis.

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  • So far who die locally:

    If the baby can survive and recover or recovering.

    What make you think you will kena and you cannot recover ?

    A lot of psychic here who are so sure they are next in line. Why not book funeral first or buy a space in some temple just in case.

    We all went through chicken pox before , same thing 14 days at home if your family member never kena before they have to excuse from you else they may also tio.
    Worst according to old timers during our time , we cannot eat meat only vegetables plus rice else complexion may have scarring or imperfections as one recovers. Now not sure people still practice that or not.

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  • Bapak:

    Warning – Not for the faint-hearted and do not let children or grandparents watch. Very very sad for them and their parents. Our condolences go to the families. We must also salute those who handled their bodies, with respect.

    Come on guys be responsible to your loved ones, what so damn wrong with putting on a mask when you go out???

    https://www.facebook.com/wuhancoronavirus2020china/videos/169146531052023/

    Where?: Where is the video?

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  • Truth Seeker:

    All these big Organizations like WTO, WHO, UN protects the hands that feeds them aka ‘the RICH’. The problem is a humble ‘virus’ is no respecter of man.

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  • Bad Omen:

    Yes, it’s a good virus and bad omen for the PAPi;

    Come Jan 2021, the Parliament will be automatically dissolved, regardless.

    Covid-19 will hinder any mass propaganda gatherings like the NDP, and will seriously affect property prices if it will allows to fall. All these would transform into loss of votes counts.

    You know why they always played down the matter like “assessment of infection from direct contact in public transport to be low”?, contact tracing but will not relocate residents for same spot recurring infection?

    So, expect votes buying budget in the form of bonus/rebates coming. But as many people knows by now, currently ~average citizens pay about $5000 GST per year based on the current 7% GST tax and assuming 80% income spent.

    And most people know, give chicken wing, will take back whole chicken later if voted with Mandate.

    A good virus and a sign to VTO.

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  • Moony Poony:

    Bapak:

    Come on guys be responsible to your loved ones, what so damn wrong with putting on a mask when you go out???

    You are at liberty to do so, it is not a crime.

    However, please do not label those who don’t as [email protected] or stupiak!

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  • We're making headlines:

    A virus hub that is us.

    BBC sums it up beautifully.

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bbc.com/news/amp/world-asia-51480613

    How Singapore is ideal to spread viruses.

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  • Harder Truths:

    Mr Tang the CCP have failed the Chinese people, just like the $G leeders have failed the $G citizens.

    At least in China you can change your leadership – in $G the leeders will jut change the population.

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  • Bapak:

    China is using sanitizing vehicles to disinfect public space.
    What does this mean?
    Don’t tell us the airborne viruses will just disappear by themselves? Yeah, over time. How long?

    So what has our “A-TEAM” done? Only make daily reports – No need to wear the mask, No Need to wear the mask. Like a gramophone kept repeating and repeating the same message.

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  • REGIME CHANGE is the solution:

    When I vote at the coming GE I will be wearing a mask. I will tell polling station officials I am “sick”(bad cold) and do not want to infect others. Actually, I am sick of PAP. It is away to protest/demonstrate – just like in Hong Kong. It should also be obvious who I am voting for.

    Pass this around. Let us see how many voters show up wearing a mask. This can be an informal “exit poll”. If you count more voters wore mask than those that did not then you can predict the outcome of the voting.

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  • REGIME CHANGE is the solution:

    Straits Times: Coronavirus: 8 new cases in Singapore, including 5 more linked to Grace Assembly church, 1 linked to DBS case

    All are linked to previous cases. Most likely they were not wearing a mask because they were not sick. Also, those that infected them were most likely also not wearing one because they did not have any symptoms.

    Better safe than sorry. Wear a mask when going out. Wash hands immediately after getting home. Take a good shower and wash all clothes worn outside.

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  • REGIME CHANGE is the solution:

    I hope the Government is smart try enough to employ technology for contact tracing of those infected by the virus. Use their mobile phone numbers. Ask the telcos to provide the locations of their phones over the last say 5 days. They would have this information because the mobile phones lock on various mobile phone towers as it moves around.

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  • Lack of due diligence:

    I also wonder how could they not capitalise on this saga? Look at SARS .

    Actually, the lack of masks can be a mistake on their part. 4 masks per household is insufficient stockpile .

    But it would be a political disaster to be found to have not stocked up sufficiently post SARS given the experienced learnt.

    There should be a stockpile to last 6 months at least for every citizen for communicable diseases like sars or any similar strains like Corona. By logic, there will be more novel viruses in future.

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  • Tang Li be fartworm to PRC:

    Who is this PRC goon! Exploiting on a crisis involving life is inhuman n evil. lee Hsien Loong showing his ignorance of prevention is better than cure by his asvice to Singaporeans not to wear mashs if they r healthy even in public areas. Anyone saying that is wise belong to the same cesspools of shits. ZDors the cromic Brit acad in London gave the Brits the same advice as Loong imbecile. If he has,many who r familiar with Brit social mentality, he wouldn’t be in his job for long. Loong imbecile has extended the constant failure of his policy by just build n no maintenance as preventive measure of breakdown or to check on the records of engineers before permitting ithem to tender for a project as he has nfi of prevention is better than cure, a very basic cliche in life.
    The gorillarised imbecile is a national risk. His kowtou to North Korean Kim complying to his threat of not attending the meeting with his own kind n wasted $28++ millions with undisclosed financial account so much so that even UN suspected there could be bribery involved. Why PAP kept secret how the millions r spent. How much were spent on national gifts to the two gooons as .the imbecile hleefully hope to go down in history disgrace the nation at the same tome.
    Tang Li presumably a PRC worker in SIN. It would be better off to suck up to Xi than SIN imbercile. As LkY would say how can PAP import such a person dafter than his voters. Really despicable唐丽。回去你的祖国吧!如果你是在星教书,请回去中国吧:要做屁

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  • nizhemoshou:

    the useless Pap govt should waive all hospital charges for quarantine /treatment n pay compensation to the victims of Covid 19:
    - who followed govt advisory not to wear mask and kenna
    who kenna from the infected prc from Wuhan in the business meeting they attended at Hyatt hotel as how can useless pap govt didnt t ban the entry of this prc from the epicentre of the virus outbreak in Chiina .
    - who kenna infected when they attended Chingay parade as useless pap govt refused to cancel the parade despite calls from SGs for it to do it.

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  • Bapak:

    The day you & your whole family are put in one body bag to burn, you will understand how the fucking irresponsible stupid MF you are to your family.

    Moony Poony: You are at liberty to do so, it is not a crime.

    However, please do not label those who don’t as [email protected] or stupiak!

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  • Extremely Evil:

    This article highlights the depth at which CCP propaganda is reaching and infiltrating the rest of the globe.

    The narratives of such article is exactly what the communist party mouthpiece is spreading within China and rest of the world. Narratives and writers such as this serve to advance the CCP’s lenninist agenda to control and destroy the free world. Why they will want to do is indoctrinated in the ideology of communist manifesto, which has its origin as an evil cult.

    It is now evident that the Wuhan virus is man made biological weapon.
    Their own CCP military public propaganda website xilu already confirmed this.

    This virus crisis is highly a result of political infighting between two main factions gone wrong, one belonging to XiJP, who controls mainly the military, the other, WangQS who controls the international diplomacy, finance and the internal security, such as the paramilitary police.

    When news of this virus first broke, the first few countries which started decisive action to close their doors to Chinese travel and repatriate their citizens are none other than CCP’s ‘friends’, N Korea, Russia, Turkey, Iran, etc, which was then followed by US and allies. This episode is very insightful, as “friends” know best what their mates are capable of doing.

    It is now a fact that CCP propaganda infiltration is especially deep and widespread in SE Asia, such as Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. Other areas include the large enclaves of Chinese international students in western democracies who have been manipulated by CCP’s embassy and state organs such as Confucius institute.

    Unlike few euro countries such as Germany, UK like many others, is now at the full mercy of CCP as she is highly dependent on China for supplies, after having hollowed out her manufacturing prowess. The relatively muted support to the HK demonstrations is an attest to the dire situation of UK. The biggest external CCP propaganda machinery CGTN to English speaking world is located in UK. Any reader should have this in mind when receiving information supporting China from UK.

    We will be incorrigible fools if still harbour the china dream and ignore the threat that is now posed to the free world.

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  • The Last Chance:

    Only evil CCP and it’s brainwashed slaves will take such calamity as a “good news” and rationalizing it with ridiculous reasonings.

    If Chinese citizens continue to be blindsided and foolishly parroting such propaganda, eventually they will be ostracized and unwelcomed by many developed nations.

    They will have to decide what they want, to be part of the free world to denounce dictatorships and live in peace with the rest or
    live in their decoupled world of lies and evil.

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  • Moony Poony:

    @Bapak

    To curse is a sin! I will definitely not do that on you. Instead, I will alert you to take care to pull through the crisis.

    Remember the doctor and the nurse in Hainan Province who, with masks , exposed to Covid 19 positive patient for only 6 minutes and got infected?

    Bearing this in mind, putting on mask alone is not enough! You should:

    1) unless you are living alone, you are to put on mask at all times, outside home or otherwise because infected people could be asymptomatic. You are a very smart person and I need not go into detail for the need of doing so.

    2) you also should not remain in close proximity with any person for more than 6 minutes, otherwise you could kena even if you are wearing a mask all the time, until the vaccine for the virus has been developed and is available in Singapore.

    3) just a few days ago, people related to me that they could have bought substandard masks from a local shop. This is highly possible as there are definitely bad souls around who care only about making money. Thus, unless you are absolutely sure that your masks are of good quality, it is advisable to put on multiple layers of masks, just to play safe!

    Be very healthy in the years to come.

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  • Mr SC Suck Coker:

    Even ShamYewCum cannot defend against the Truth that sg is ranked highest infected outside China.

    Something is not right with the running of the country.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    patriot of TUMASIK:
    Declaring it a Pandemic or whatever that can spread the disease by air or droplets does NOT bother the Idiots who live in a lifestyle different from the lesser mortals…

    Closing schools or supplying mask is out of POCKET from GIC with the Jinx having less to Draw from…

    Act DRUNK that all is well no need for mask unless UNWELL…

    That!!! is what bastards who have no heart are GOOD FOR…Money 1st life and death is NOT their CONcern!!!

    Does the Picture show a Joker with FOUR CLOWNS corona clowns???

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  • Be worthy:

    patriot of TUMASIK: Does the Picture show a Joker with FOUR CLOWNS corona clowns???

    Total package to gather 5 clowns together sitting on high table costing taxpayers millions.

    Most embarrassing outcomes are second highest infected and more new cases everyone

    If these clowns run a commercial outfit, the entire pack would be shown the door immediately.

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