Senior medical practitioners advise Singaporeans to put on mask

Four medical practitioners in Singapore have come together to issue a friendly health advisory , advising Singaporeans to wear a mask when in public places.

The advisory titled “Health advisory from senior medical practitioners to Singaporeans” was released on Monday (10 Feb), and has been widely shared on social media and Whatsapp.

The 4 medical practitioners are advising people to wear face masks when they leave home to control the spread of the Covid-19. They also highlighted how “things are not so straightforward” with the Covid-19 as it was with Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARs) coronavirus in 2003.

The practitioners pointed out that “as this virus is said to be milder, infected people with no symptoms could transmit the virus to others silently. A certain percentage will developing deadly disease.” and warned that temperature screening works less well to identify those infected.

“As they mingle freely and unmasked, more and more people could be infected daily without even knowing it.”, said the practitioners.

They also warned that deaths from Covid-19 could exceed SARs as it did in 2002 because the reported death toll of the virus has already overtaken SARs.

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The 4 medical practitioners are:

  • Dr Tham Hoe Meng: Everwell Clinic & Surgery
  • Dr Colleen Thomas: Saint Jude Centre for Internal Medicine in Mount Elizabeth Hospital
  • Dr Judy Chen: Pariqua Clinic
  • Dr Lim Pin Pin: Modern Medical Glenroy (Australia)

However, as much as their friendly advice is well intended, it is contrary to the government’s narrative that one should not wear a face mask if one is not sick.

Since the onset of the Covid-19 outbreak, the multi-ministerial task force headed by Health Minister Gan Kim Yong and Lawrence Wong to tackle the Covid-19 epidemic, has continued to urge Singaporeans to refrain from hoarding masks and insisted that masks are needed only by those who are unwell and need to see a doctor.

This was echoed by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong which was widely reported in local media in a Facebook post on earlier on 30 Jan.

There is no need to wear a mask if we are well.

Both the mainstream media and health ministry have then continued to emphasize “There is no need to wear a mask if we are well” in daily ads on major newspapers to inform the public of it.

That tagline, however, appears to have been quietly removed after the Disease Outbreak Response System Condition (DORSCON) was raised to Orange last Friday (7 Feb).

All Sold Out at retail outlets

On the subject of availability of masks, SMOS Lam Pin Min had said on Thursday (30 Jan):

We would like to reassure Singaporeans that there is sufficient supply of masks in Singapore, if we use them sensibly and responsibly. There is no need to rush to buy masks. We are working with retailers like NTUC FairPrice and Unity Pharmacy to push out the stocks.

Despite the assurance by the minister that there is sufficient masks, members of the public have been unable to get their hands on any from major retail outlets throughout the island.

As such, those desperate for masks have been forced to buy them online at much dearer prices.

Clearly the supply of mask is insufficient despite the claim by SMOS Lan and this has been confirmed by Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong on Thursday (MOH 30 Jan):

The current rate of consumption of masks in Singapore is not sustainable… especially with the global shortage and the likely export bans.

So for those who would like to heed the advice of the 4 medical practitioners, they would have to source their masks from across the causeway or order quality Washable and Reusable ones online, like the OxyBreath Pro, which TR Emeritus is currently promoting.

 

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28 Responses to “Senior medical practitioners advise Singaporeans to put on mask”

  • Clap, clap, clap:

    Finally, some very sensible and caring doctors who openly advise the public correctly, regardless of whatever nonsense given out by some politicians.

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  • Bapak:

    Remember Dr. Li Wenliang? From one community country to another. All the PAPigs should be sacked.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    Thank the 4 doctors’ advice.

    But please be reminded of the consequences like the 2 whistle blower doctors in China

    SG is as communist…

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  • wear mask before kenna:

    Clap, clap, clap:
    Finally, some very sensible and caring doctors who openly advise the public correctly, regardless of whatever nonsense given out by some politicians.

    Bapak:
    Remember Dr. Li Wenliang? From one community country to another. All the PAPigs should be sacked.

    Very well said, bros.

    We have been telling everyone, sheep and OPPO, wear that mask the moment when stepping out of house.

    We have told everyone why must wear mask. because pap says no need to wear mask unless kenna.

    as with all things pap, what pap says are lies. such as INDIAN is malay. INSIDE 200m is not within 200m.

    So when pap says no wear mask unless kenna, jolly well wear that mask before kenna.

    Main problem is those who want to wear mask unable to buy any. For these folks go see pap MP and demand to buy from pap stockpile.

    We are all safe, those of us who never believed pap. We have enough masks to use until next outbreak and all of us are safe because from date one we wore our masks despite what pap says.

    Now wear that mask and keep yourselves safe, and your loved ones. kenna is not for you. kenna is for pap ministers.

    Now if you don’t have mask, go see pap MP. pap says stockpile plenty. So try to buy from pap MP. We don’t think you can buy any because pap stockpile is for ownself use, like their ownself pay ownself S$m system, ownself justify ownself system.

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  • HamKah Heng:

    Does Hamkah have even a nurse ITE cert?

    Why his CB mouth anyhow fart profma?
    CB, he owns profma ,above the law?

    SG is not a cowboy kim jong Unn town right?

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  • COI Tiger Liew:

    For sizing population to many millions more than today, should MEDICALLY UNQUALIFIED last lap Tiger Liew be investigated for his white ass paper?

    Should he be summoned and be trialed?

    Yours
    MotherSHIT CRONYISM
    Product of
    Prostitutes of Fallacy Studies.

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  • PAPVID-20:

    Saw MOH’s director of medical services replying to question about the 4 doctors’ advice, he still insists mask is unnecessary wor. He says ppl touch their handphones more frequently, so wearing a mask won’t help. (Maybe people should think of ways to mask up our handphones?)

    Actually this advice is not the first by medical doctors . A few doctors including SDP’s Prof Tambayah have advised a mask would serve some prevention. However, we know pap being pap they’d not want to lose face by taking back their words.

    Also, look at our population. I doubt they actually have enough for everyone to use a mask everyday la. And so, they must tell us not to wear unless necessary while they keep the stock and then slowly distribute as and when they deem fit. It’s the pap style la. 不见棺材不流泪

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  • Covid19:

    hello. Do you know that the WHO have officially said exactly what LHL said:

    If you are healthy, you only need to wear a mask if you are taking care of a person with suspected 2019-nCoV infection.
    Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing.
    Masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
    If you wear a mask, then you must know how to use it and dispose of it properly.

    It is bad advice to ask everyone to wear a mask when they leave home.
    A surgical mask offer limited protection. It is ridiculous for four “doctors” (?) to postulate that after 14 day the epidemic might be over if everyone wears masks.

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  • Incompetent Greedy Corrupt:

    The probable reason is that there isn’t enough mask to go around, so the pigs advise people not to wear mask, taking that masks are generally not foolproof against such virus.

    The mask is more for people who have the virus but not aware of their illness, to limit the spread to other people.

    The most prudent way is to wear mask for all and not touch anything and keep off public places and stay at home whenever possible. It will help to slow down any spread.
    Remember, any vaccine is typically 18mths away.

    Why the pigs are hypersensitive to people comments, warning and attribute them as rumours? It is because with hightened awareness or panick, the people will start to question and scrutinize more intensely what the government is doing.
    This is a natural survival instinct of any living organism.

    What’s wrong with being a little panicky but resulting in people taking more precautions to protect themselves?

    If the government is not prepared for such scrutiny, it will be exposed of it’s unpreparedness and shortcomings. This is what autocratic governments are most afraid of.
    They would rather downplay the crisis at the expense of the people, just to conceal their incompetence.
    Isn’t this what the Chinese government have done, that resulted in this pandemic?

    Luckily the Almighty gave the internet to the world, such that important information is no more limited to the few ruling elites, so that anyone could get first hand information quickly to make a judgement for themselves.

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  • opposition dude:

    It looks like the election could well be pushed into the second half of the year as PAP will need time for things to settle down. You call an election in March and people aren’t too happy with your stupid advice of not wearing a mask the results could be disastrous for PAP.

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  • Ownself pofma ownself:

    How come you see everyone everywhere in the world affected by the virus including XJP wears masks but sinkies are advised otherwise.

    Is it because our smart alec miws without basis said so at the start? So now, die die this medic director must defend to save the clowns from being pofkima!

    What do you think?

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  • Taleban:

    “Use online delivery service”
    One scenario.
    Healthy Deliveryman goes and deliver
    The chances of them getting infected are high.
    Deliveryman was infected but show no symptom.
    He do his job and spread virus everywhere he goes.
    They should be and must be check before going for delivery.

    Some as the Taxi and PHV and bus drivers.
    They are all high risks of getting infected and spreading the virus.

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  • Don't confuse:

    How come nea tell that woman pappy mp cheng li hoo to wear?

    Hello, who are we to listen and trust, white monkeys or nea?

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  • N.Jungne:

    Damage Control, too late lah. Ownself bite ownself.

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  • mike:

    Sorry, WHO means Wu Han Organisation?

    If you meant World Health Organisation, then they are in the process of changing their name to CHO.

    Covid19:
    hello. Do you know that the WHO have officially said exactly what LHL said:

    If you are healthy, you only need to wear a mask if you are taking care of a person with suspected 2019-nCoV infection.
    Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing.
    Masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
    If you wear a mask, then you must know how to use it and dispose of it properly.

    It is bad advice to ask everyone to wear a mask when they leave home.
    A surgical mask offer limited protection. It is ridiculous for four “doctors” (?) to postulate that after 14 day the epidemic might be over if everyone wears masks.

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  • Harder Truths:

    These are pappy cocks**ker doctors who scared for their own skin now pretend to give great advice.

    Hey assh*le doctors, we KNOW better than YOU what to do. Take your government-approved advice and SHOVE IT.

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  • Bapak:

    Listen to your common sense. If this MP was not caught on photo, likely NEA will also sing the no-mask song.

    Don't confuse:
    How come nea tell that woman pappy mp cheng li hoo to wear?

    Hello, who are we to listen and trust, white monkeys or nea?

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  • Hi!:

    ALL COUNTRIES SHOULD DO THIS IN ORDER TO CURB THE SPREAD. HOPE THE WHO DO IT, AND ASK ALL COUNTRIES TO EDUCATE & EVEN ENFORCE IT. COUNTRIES NOT AFFECTED BY THE VIRUS PLEASE HELP WORK OT TO PRODUCE MASKS FOR S’PORE PLUS OTHER NATIONS, & PRODUCE PROTECTIVE SUITS FOR CHINA.

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  • Dont trust PAP:

    These are doctors from the private sector who dare to speak up.
    Government doctors must toe the line, PAP’s line, otherwise they will be reprimanded like the whistle blower doctors in China.
    If PAP doesnt recognize something is wrong with the mask stockpile, and keeps saying sufficient when people are desperately looking for masks, the problem is going to repeat.
    When SARS happened in 2003, it was unexpected, the virus surprisingly disappeared after several months, PAP especially Khaw was basked in glory. Did they learn anything from that to handle another similar situation?
    Masks are not expensive, hospitals and other situations and people use masks on a daily basis, so is it so difficult to manage the national stockpile to meet this type of crisis? It is easy for PAP to blame the people for not helping to manage the stockpile, look what happens next, people rushing to stockpile even toilet paper at home!
    It is the same for N95 for the haze that occurs every few years. We can stop the haze, but we can prepare for it.
    In 1990, the property prices went up like crazy, people rushing to buy condo, HDB flats. Then the Asian Financial Crisis came, and Mah, URA, HDB stopped and reduce land sale and flat building over the years, and what happened next.
    Their pay increased many folds during the period when PAP pegged their pay to the market rate, and these fat cats failed us badly.
    Then Khaw came in, wearing the badge of SARS conqueror, as MND Minister.
    We all know Khaw (and Gan KY) failed as Health Minister when patients had to sleep in the hospital corridors, when medical cost went up like crazy, insurance premium shot through the roof (because of the national health insurance).
    Now MRI cost, hospital cost in public hospital and even polyclinic fee are even higher that that of the private sector.
    The people, sorry 70% didnt care, so PAP can get away literally with “murder”.
    Look at what Lawrence is doing now at MND after Khaw, almost the same as Mah and Tan Chuan Jin, bending his back for the rich and property developers.
    Tan Chuan Jin came up with a “super” scheme requiring companies to put up job advertisements for 14 days before the companies can employ FTs and FWs.
    What happens next?
    To shut people up, MOM Josephine Teo starts POFMA’ng people who speak up.
    Now Lawrence Wong came forward as Wuhan’s slayer together with Health Minister Gan KY.
    To cut my story short, if there is no accountability, history is going to repeat itself, PAP is going to perpetuate its rule, with GE or not, coup or not.

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  • nizhemoshou:

    Why pinky peeM n his mf half past sick task force cttee did not come out themselves to correct their earlier stupid blunderous advice to SGs not to wear masks when not sick. Typical of them scared to admit wrong n lose face tio bo ?

    So must have these 4 doctors to come out and say it for them, think so or not? Cos in sickapore where got any professionals or civil servants dare come out n publicly contradict what these overpaid high n mighty peeM and ministers say .

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  • Orange Alert:

    If this Covid-19 is able to elude medical testing and stay dormant in the hosts for 14 days or longer, there is a hidden danger out there. WHO ‘s warning of a “grave” threat is enough to take all precautions, including wearing a mask. Do not play down the danger.

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  • Orange Alert:

    What’s the latest update on the situation at VJC? Is the teacher recovering well? Any new discovery of infection there?

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  • Who in control of media news!:

    Clap, clap, clap:
    Finally, some very sensible and caring doctors who openly advise the public correctly, regardless of whatever nonsense given out by some politicians.

    There are so many controversies about wearing the mask. So who is speaking the truth? It is very confusing and not sure who should we listen to. To play safe, everyone will just into the conclusion that doctors are in the best position to justify the necessity of wearing a mask.

    Now, it looks there is no control of media, any Tom and Harry can also comment. Now, we have Calvin Cheng with ZERO medical background can also blow the whistle. Is Calvin Cheng on-behalf of our government?

    https://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2020/02/13/former-nmp-calvin-cheng-decries-advisory-by-senior-medical-practitioners-as-nonsense/

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  • PAP Cronies Self Interests:

    We know who is Calvin C and what he stands for.
    Why bother?
    This is so so communist China.
    Mobilise a few lackies and parrots to divert narratives and spread propaganda.

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  • Hawking Eye:

    I find wearing masks restrictive as it affect free breathing. Also there are gaps and spaces through which bacteria can penetrate. When at outdoors try breathing from nose and not mouth. Practise good hygiene in washing hands with soap and all will be well most probably.

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  • Bapak:

    Hawking Eye:
    When at outdoors try breathing from nose and not mouth.

    Hahahahaha……..lost for words

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  • Agreed:

    let each individual decide whether to wear mask in public place.
    If it makes them feel safer, why not? Just make the masks available to them for purchase at a reasonable price.
    If not enough , set up a mask factory in 6 days like China.
    Do keep enough for Medical staff use as a priority.

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  • Better be safe:

    Better to be safe than sorry.
    Wear Mask if possible.
    Better to reduce the chance of Community spread.

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