MOE clarifies it was WHO which said ‘no need to wear mask if well’

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Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) has issued a statement clarifying that their health advisory “no need for individuals who are well to wear a mask” is actually in line with “the World Health Organisation’s guidance on the use of masks in the community in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak.”

MOH issued the statement when rebutting one of the allegations made by States Times Review (STR) in a Facebook post made on Thursday (13 Feb).

STR had alleged that the Singapore government is “the only one” telling members of the public not to wear a mask.

That is “entirely false”, said MOH, there are “health authorities in other countries such as the US and Australia“ who “have also expressly advised that they do not recommend that masks be worn by people who are well.”

MOH then added “as a good hygiene practice, people who are unwell and who have respiratory symptoms should wear a mask so that they minimise the risk of them infecting  others.”

So mask or no mask? A check on WHO’s official website returns the following on its Q&A regarding “when to wear a mask”.

  • 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.

However, WHO has no advisory on whether there is a need to wear a mask when going outdoor in a city as crowded and infected as the island city.

9 fresh cases

Meanwhile, the most infected city in the world outside mainland China has registered another 9 confirmed infections, bringing the total tally of Covid-19 infections to 67.

Of the new cases, 6 are linked to the cluster at Grace Assembly of God and 1 is linked to a previous confirmed case. Contact tracing of the other 2 cases is underway to establish any links to previous cases or travel history to China.

On its spread, Health Minister Gan said in a daily briefing that while “there is no evidence of widespread transmission of Covid-19, it is important for us to be prepared.”

The minister also warned that confirmed cases will increase.

Researchers around the world have warned that the world will see many more cases of Covid-19 in the community, and we do expect the number of confirmed cases to increase.

As of February 14, a total of 17 cases have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospital. Of the 50 confirmed cases who are still in hospital, most are stable or improving. However, 6 are in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

 

 

 

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70 Responses to “MOE clarifies it was WHO which said ‘no need to wear mask if well’”

  • Your most important point:

    “However, WHO has no advisory on whether there is a need to wear a mask when going outdoor in a city as crowded and infected as the island city.”

    Singapore want to compare with US and Australia. The situations are so different. This gov is grabbing at straws to defend itself.

    Eh, why US and Australia no NS, Singapore die die must continue NS, eh?
    Eh, why your “salary” ten times that of the US President?

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  • “Masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.”

    I simply love the way big shots are playing with words and issuing politically correct statements.

    The above is akin to saying frequent washing of hands is only effective if masks are also worn, so if you don’t wash ypour hands regularly, then wear mask also no use.

    Now the SARS-CoV-2 is spread via droplets and fomites. Mask prevents droplets infection while washing hands prevent fomites infection.

    The 2 methods complement each other, why then seperate them and play chicken and egg?

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  • ReplaceGan:

    As far as Singaporeans are concerned, its from the PAPi since foreigners are not allowed to influence them. Either they are admitting now they have no brains, no initiative then might as well vote FT to replace the PM?

    When citizens lives are concerned, how can they be so careless with their statements?

    Agree, please kee chiu.

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  • @ReplaceGan

    I somewhat agree with your logic. Each city is different and those in charge should devise measures that fits the local scenario rather then listen to those at WHO who knows nuts about Singapore.

    I am sure some of those with brains at MOH would have recommended mask had it not been for the fact that mask stocks are grossly insufficient to sustain the population.

    I believe they have been ordered (like China medical workers) to keep their mouth shut and follow the official narrative so that it would not reflect badly on those living in ivory towers.

    Had China listened to the WHO’s one-size-fits-all advisory, half of China would have been infected by now with deaths all across the country.

    A stark difference between leaders who lead and leaders who blindly follow.

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  • mike:

    No mating (fxxking) blame WHO.
    Where is our expertise?
    At the very least, WHO is no longer behaving like a professional international organisation. To save WHO, the whole top management in the organisation must replaced

    To save SG, the top level management team must be changed too.

    When is our GE? VTO!

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  • Stupid response from MOE:

    Stupid and irresponsibe response. Why follow WHO recommendations. If china and all neigbouring countries, then the casualties would be worst in their countries. Only brainless spore govt would. Situation different in each country and need to assess and give appropriate recommendation.

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  • Linbeikongai:

    If the virus is to successfully infect anyone, a critical mess must be there, otherwise the body immunity will wipe it out easily.

    In line with this fact, wearing of masks when one is fine will actually increase the chances of catching the virus under certain circumstances!

    At this juncture, experts say the virus is spread via droplets and fomites. When healthy individuals put on face masks in Covid 19 rich environment , the outer face of the masks will very soon become contaminated to a level where critical mess is reached. Individuals with these contaminated masks would absentmindedly touch the outer surfaces and unfortunately, their eyes again, angels could soon be added to the heavens. For those who do not wear masks, as the number of virus actually get into their bodies are way below the critical mess, they will live on in the pink of their health.

    Apparently, the advice by MOH will save more people.

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  • C’est la vie:

    ******
    The mask debacle has SG, all out on its own. To further their stance, it was repeated in their daily paper, and I don’t believe any other nation went to such lengths, … regarding masks !!!

    Knee-jerk comments like, “Wuhan virus does not appear to be as deadly as SARS”, has the supreme leader, out there on his own, again.

    These are the decisions and statements from the most expensive cabinet on earth, and the rest of the world are making their decisions about SG, no doubt based on, amongst other relevant scientific findings and procedural and preventative processes, … the “qualities” of SG’s regime.
    ***
    ******

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  • @!Linbeikongai

    I am not medically trained but I know rubbish when I see one.

    A single patient in Wuhan infected 11 doctors and nurses, a single UK Walsh infected 11 around the world. a single passenger on a cruiseship infected 218 and counting. If the body’s immune system can fight off the virus, then all of them all weaklings issit?

    Besides if one is in a virus rich env, then the more masks are needed because people need to breath and droplets can form in air moisture from exhalation.

    What freaking criticsal mass you talking about?

    .

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  • Bapak:

    We Oppos already knew the gei kiang Clown has pulled another mee siam mai ham boo boo. They are just textbook followers, simply no initiative, kosong up there. Conclusion – PAP is a spent force.

    Now, tell us about the mask stockpile situation. Why no one of PAP dare to come out to clarify why 99% of the retailers here are NOT SELLING the masks. This “shortage” of masks is the key factor that causes panic-buying when we turned Orange. Don’t push the blame to Singaporeans, you MF!

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  • lying pap again twisting words:

    INDIAN is malay.

    pap says Singapore needs to elect a malay president and went ahead to select an INDIAN one.

    INSIDE 200m is not within 200m.

    pap says it is offence to be within 200m of polling station on polling day. when pap elders pap clown pap jiak liao bee tony tan keng yam pap wouldn’t goh cock tong were caught inside polling station on polling day, pap says for the purposes of elak offence INSIDE 200m of polling station is not within 200m of polling station.

    such a lying dishonest group of humans. can they government Singapore? No. not at all.

    when caught with the lie, no need wear mask unless kenna, quote all manner of excuses to elak.

    can quote USA.

    USA does not have NSF NSR.

    why then Singapore has NSF NSR?

    just because USA does not, if it is so, Singapore is such a small island, crowded and over cramped with mouths, surely, common sense says USA such a big country cannot be sama sama as Singapore such a crowded cramped small island?

    pap brainless, surely.

    cannot one minute chicken next minute feather. this is not lky days when sheep truly stupid. today is INTERNET age. sheep stupid only when it pretends to be. sheep can wake up any time.

    so stop lying, pap.

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  • Bapak:

    This Covid-19 saga is a wake up call to Sinkies70, bringing out the worse performance and incompetency of the Clown & 4G. PAP is only “good” if problems are created internally because they control the MSM. But when problems are contributed by exterior source where they cannot control, all their weaknesses show. They are not worth a cent. Vote wisely.

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  • Linbeikongai:

    TRE Techie:
    @!Linbeikongai

    I am not medically trained but I know rubbish when I see one.

    A single patient in Wuhan infected 11 doctors and nurses, a single UK Walsh infected 11 around the world. a single passenger on a cruiseship infected 218 and counting. If the body’s immune system can fight off the virus, then all of them all weaklings issit?

    Besides if one is in a virus rich env, then the more masks are needed because people need to breath and droplets can form in air moisture from exhalation.

    What freaking criticsal mass you talking about?

    .

    Thus, MOH’s advice is logical and superior to just wearing of masks!

    MOH also advise you not to go to crowded places

    MOH also advise you to wash hands with soap

    MOH also advise you not to touch your face

    MOH also advise you not to roam around if you are unwell …….

    MOH’s approach is generic and is expected to produce the best results.

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  • Flickshit:

    PAP stupid excuses and tai Chi. How can Singapore compares to US and Aust. How big is US and Aust land mass ?

    US and Aust Politicians only pay them within the range that they care for the people. While Singapore Politicians pay themselves million dollars salary to make all voters suffer and cannot even afford to get sick and retirement. US and Aust never talk the citizens money, while Singapore greedy politicians hold on TOTO the citizens saving accounts, like CPF.

    These highly paid idiots are full of excuses and are brainless even through most are scholars with no brain.
    They acts as if there are the best of the best , but in fact, all are, in fact, as silly and greedy as pigs.

    Wearing a mask is a common sense to protect oneself against and virus spreading around, Just a simple common senes they need to look for foreigners for an answer and they themselves have no basic common sense and how to rule a country or control the voters. It just a bunch of idiots.

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  • NS have its merits:

    @ Eh, why US and Australia no NS, Singapore die die must continue NS, eh?

    Maybe , just maybe because of NS so far no death yet.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    Were those infected in churches wore mask or not?

    Blame the WHO or PAP for its advisory?

    This is another PAP’s art of tai chi!!

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  • Orange Alert:

    There’s nothing in the Q & A to state explictly that you shouldn’t or you cannot wear a mask if you are well. It says that a care-giver, even if healthy, should wear a mask. To state categorically that you do not need to wear a mask if you are well might be stretching it too far, especially when people are still in doubt and anxiety of the nature of the virus. Regular washing/cleaning of hands complements the wearing of mask for added protection but it does not necessarily have to exclude wearing a mask. Until experts can determine conclusively how the virus is passed on (droplets, formites, fecal-oral or all three?), what’s so wrong about taking extra precaution? Better to err on the side of safety. The problem: 4 pcs of mask are insufficient and most stores are out of them.

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  • You say i say no end:

    Now STATES TIMES REVIEW kena P0FMA-ed bcuz they dared to dispute.
    This Sgov die die oso must be in the right.
    We are oredy doomed but will be even more so akan datang ,if people dont wake up to vote wisely..

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  • Blind Leader:

    Is SG leaders not paid world freakin highest using our monies?

    For SELF-PRAISING as so good, why is sg using WHO as shield for faux pas ?

    If yew do not have this calibre to command world highest, get the fk out of the hot kitchen!

    What a bloody disgrace these incompetents are.

    The big mouth should have done fact checks before issuing fake news. Of course no POFMA on him.

    This is SG.

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  • Tampons Tin Pei:

    Is ONE DICTATORSHIP being lead by IRRESPONSIBLE UNQUALIFIED PEOPLE?

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  • MotherShit Cronyism:

    If GIC invests and fails, will it blame someone else?

    I must run for GE!
    I am very good!

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  • WorstIsYetToCome:

    Miws lost face liao.
    They will make us peasants suffer after this, by cutting down on cpf withdrawal amounts plus tweaking this & that, plus tax and price increases…giving reason of economic downturn caused by covid19.
    We citizens always are made to pay and pay dearly for THEIR failures.
    Just watch..never fails.

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  • Boh Kia See:

    Surprised to read that the PAP is following WHO’s directive. I thought foreigners and foreign organisations are not allowed to intefere with the local situation.

    WHO produced an advisory to cover every nation in the world. Surely, each nation, upon receiving the advisory should then consult their experts on the local situation. Everyone of these people are very well paid but they chose to parrot what WHO indicates without even thinking about it.

    It is time for the PAP to go–there is no love lost there.

    VTO–the PAP.

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  • Roy Spread Fake News:

    Dear All,
    The truth is out there. Just google it.

    Roy is spreading fake news when he said Taiwan had handled the situation well.

    Do not believe in Oxygen, Roy or other Yellow Banana aka Ang Mo Tua Kee aka Ang Mo Are Angel kind of post. They only know the English language.

    The truth is: Taiwan (呆湾)screw up big big time in containing the situation.

    Please watch the true situation in Taiwan (呆湾)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y98746V9otA&feature=youtu.be

    Please read the truth : https://taiwan.huanqiu.com/article/3wxXcfxJ8kA

    Please google for the word 台湾口罩之乱

    In contrast, people like me understand 4 language, English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Teochew.

    Learn to read news from different language and do not be a YELLOW BANANA.

    PAP.GUARANTEED.WIN.GE2020

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  • @Linbeikongai

    I will only answer you on one.

    Singapore so crowded, can don’t go to crowded place meh?

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  • N.Jungne:

    Aiyah Failed blame others, otherwise quiet lah. Clever hor,like China

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  • Darth Vader:

    Roy Spread Fake News:
    Dear All,
    The truth is out there. Just google it.

    Roy is spreading fake news when he said Taiwan had handled the situation well.

    Do not believe in Oxygen, Roy or other Yellow Banana aka Ang Mo Tua Kee aka Ang Mo Are Angel kind of post. They only know the English language.

    The truth is: Taiwan (呆湾)screw up big big time in containing the situation.

    Please watch the true situation in Taiwan (呆湾)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y98746V9otA&feature=youtu.be

    Please read the truth : https://taiwan.huanqiu.com/article/3wxXcfxJ8kA

    Please google for the word 台湾口罩之乱

    In contrast, people like me understand 4 language, English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Teochew.

    Learn to read news from different language and do not be a YELLOW BANANA.

    PAP.GUARANTEED.WIN.GE2020

    Hey DICKHEAD,

    Just answer this one very simple question. If the pap is handling the situation far better than Taiwan, then WHY does Singapore have the HIGHEST number of CONFIRMED covid-19 cases outside China?

    Either you PROVE your statement or admit you are passing off falsehoods as facts

    For everyone else here, WHAT do you call someone eho knowingly passes off falsehoods as facts?

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  • Can you handle it?:

    Bapak:
    This Covid-19 saga is a wake up call to Sinkies70, bringing out the worse performance and incompetency of the Clown & 4G. PAP is only “good” if problems are created internally because they control the MSM. But when problems are contributed by exterior source where they cannot control, all their weaknesses show. They are not worth a cent. Vote wisely.

    The 4G strings are supposed to show colours and for what they are worth in millions.

    To date, stroke heng who is about to ascend the drago throne is practically not in the radar and full control as a litmus test of leedership. Instead we have a circus where the clowns take turn to appear and perform each day.

    Utterly disappointed

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  • Linbeikongai:

    TRE Techie:
    @Linbeikongai

    I will only answer you on one.

    Singapore so crowded, can don’t go to crowded place meh?

    The theory of infection by viruses or bacteria will take place only when there’s the presence of a critical mess in anyone, leading to the forming of a breeding colony, is scientifically proven.

    What is the “critical mess for Covid 19 has to be determined by clinical studies. Even so, the critical mess could vary from person to person.

    The 3 incidents of super spreading you cited would appear to have taken place in crowded and confined settings, thus the advice to avoid crowded and confined places is logical and in good faith.

    Totally agree with you that Singapore is too crowded and this makes it easier for any contagious microbes to spread.
    Nonetheless, there are still places in the island where crowding is lesser in degree and colony forming density of the virus is less likely to reach.

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  • Asd:

    I think it is not right to take m$ and have no brain of it’s own but only suka suka follow peoples ass

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  • Asd:

    I think this shows clearly there is no accountability but big fat pay cheque

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  • @Linbeikongai

    Your comment on this mass sounds logical even though I cannot say I completely understand.

    I’ll take your word for it.

    Thank you.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    W.H.O.??? who is who???…we are we and We are facing the Crisis NOT who said what!!! like the UN…Resolution is passed and NOBODY gives a SHIT

    WTF!!!…is this how we are run as a COUNTRY or a State Dynasty…following SHIT when the SHIT has “Hit The Ceiling Fan” and ‘who’ says so and NOT We the ones facing the Crisis

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  • Tremendous:

    You know you have a million-dollar blind team when you see one. WHO’s recommendations will apply for many countries in general BUT it’s not a rule book. Most countries don’t have high population densities like ours, and if you have our kind of population densities, the treatments and plans should be adapted accordingly.

    They should actually have stopped mass gatherings in Day 1 because these gatherings congregate a large number of people over a limited square area. Isn’t this what population densities are about too ? Now when the head of infectious disease said that it is important to locate patient zero, we have a medical director who came out to say it might not be possible.

    Day in and out, they keep telling people how tough their work is. Doesn’t his team admit that a big part of our problems are self-inflicted because of wrong strategies, propelling us to third place by infection rates ? Compare this with other countries, rate of infection against total population and it will put us in unfavourable light.

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  • My dear PM Lee:

    You advocate constructive politics, your predecessor talks about gracious society.
    Are these ideals still your dream?
    Yes, the STR has made sweeping statements.
    Singapore is on ground zero, like HK, China.
    Should PAP cherry pick, worse still, dont complete the complete statements or picture of WHO’s, just like your POFMA on SDP selective statements and stats.

    We have a population of at least 5.7 million people, excluding tourists in a small area of about 725 km2. I guess at least 1 million of the 5.7 million are FTs, FWs, recently converted PRs and Singaporeans. Just look at the number of tourists and family members from Wuhan, a second tier city, visiting Singapore recently to cause such havoc.

    You and MOH know the reasons why PAP issues advice – dont wear mask when you are well.
    The sheep here may not be smart, need to be peaceful, led by the elite, but even the 70% compliant sheep know it when they are led to the shearing shed or slaughter house. They struggle, they panic.
    Even some elite sheep dont believe in the chief sheep/shepherd.

    In 1990s, people rushed and queued for days to buy condo. Of course the very rich like the elite get special privileges to buy Scotts 28, Nassim Jade without having to queue, just write a cheque for the steeply discounted condo.

    GCT said then we had enough land to build more condo and HDB flats.
    Waiting time for flats was at least 5 years for many!
    Prices rose day after day, not launches after launches.
    The same panic happened in 2009-2013.
    It happened again in 2018.
    During that period, Mah, Khaw and Wong are the MND Minister.

    Same for rising medical cost, rising healthcare insurance premium, and shortage of hospital beds.
    Khaw and Gan are the MOH Minister.
    Khaw may have earned enough money to retire, please do not circulate him to “troubleshoot” another major sour point that some PAP Ministers created earlier, if you are afraid he may leak out any PAP or Singapore top secret (or join the Opposition), the lesser evil to Singaporeans is just give him another cosy and fat paying job in GLC or statutory board.

    By the way which countries practise constructive politics? North Korea? USA?
    Please ask Gan to spend more time solving this Covid 19 situation.
    Ask Wong to pay more attention to the housing situation, not bending his back all the way to CityDev, Nassim Jade/Scotts 28′ developer/HPL, Capitaland, Ho Bee/President Council Member’s company.
    Ask Josephine Teo to concentrate on creating good jobs (not grab or cleaning jobs please) for Singaporeans, not just for JPM’s Ramesh and the likes.

    Oh, I forgot, Gan was the former MOM Minister. He is a nice guy, I have never met him, looks to me like a kind soul albeit a politician. Maybe he is going to be like Khaw, made a PAP Chairman, then…

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  • hmmm ...:

    Can you handle it?: The 4G strings are supposed to show colours and for what they are worth in millions.

    To date, stroke heng who is about to ascend the drago throne is practically not in the radar and full control as a litmus test of leedership. Instead we have a circus where the clowns take turn to appear and perform each day.

    Utterly disappointed

    He said before that if critical, he wont hesitate to step in and make a decision.

    He is now busy planning to dole out millions to businesses now, in the short term, as PAP long term planning didnt work out as planned, no masks on shelves (cannot say not sufficient masks, afterwards get POFMAed), no toilet paper at home, public toilets maybe have virus, so how?

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  • Agreed:

    Asd:
    I think this shows clearly there is no accountability but big fat pay cheque

    If there is no accountability, history is going to repeat.

    What to do if 70% dont hold them accountable?

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  • My thoughts:

    I think the reason PAP asks us not to wear masks if we are well because they know Singapore does not have enough masks if a large portion of the population wears a mask every day.
    Some kiasi sheep may wear a few every day.
    Singapore doesnt produce masks.
    China alone has 1.4 billion people. Imagine if each Chinese uses one mask every day, how can China exports masks to other countries?
    And I think it is wrong for PAP to tell us not to wear mask if we are well.
    What if we visit someone who is sick now, like PAP MP Cheng, or go to a very crowded place, like jam packed buses or trains?
    Covid 19 infected people who dont show the symptoms could spread the disease.
    Many toilets have doors, how can we avoid touching the door and handle, especially if someone affected did not wash his hands leaving the virus on the door/handle.
    I think a mask on the face may deter us (to develop the habit) from touching our face.
    Someone said the virus may accumulate on the mask and we touch the mask, isnt it worse if it accumulates on our face, or worse still gets straight into our eye, mouth or nose?
    Hand sanitiser is the solution?
    It is PAP million dollar pay Ministers’ job to ensure there are sufficient masks for the people.
    Chan Chun Seng just gave an indirect excuse that SARS is different from Covid 19, to justify the lack of planning and insufficient masks.
    If PAP cant plan for this COvid 19, barely 17 years after SARs, and a few years after MERS, H1N1, H1N5, and whatever, can we trust their 50 year or even 100 year plan for Singapore? It is just talk and paper plan. In the meantime, sheep just vote them to receive their “well deserved” million dollar pay every year.

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  • Dear Mr Gan:

    I think you and your colleagues should focus on handling this situation, not spending too much time to “fix” Opposition o dissenting voices.
    There are always sweeping statements, selective stats and lies circulating around.
    PAP has a fair share of all these.
    Sufficient mask?
    Dont wear mask if you are well?
    How about when you visit the sick, or go to the hospital or GP?
    Your fellow MP Cheng wore mask when I suppose she was well.
    Why are the nurses and doctors wearing masks?
    30% may not listen to PAP propaganda.
    The other sheep may tune in, those who dont buy it, survive, those who listen to you get it and die, you lose their votes in the next GE.
    Worth it or not, you say lah.

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  • Hi there:

    Linbeikongai: The theory of infection by viruses or bacteria will take place only when there’s the presence of a critical mess in anyone, leading to the forming of a breeding colony, is scientifically proven.

    What is the “critical mess for Covid 19 has to be determined by clinical studies. Even so, the critical mess could vary from person to person.

    The 3 incidents of super spreading you cited would appear to have taken place in crowded and confined settings, thus the advice to avoid crowded and confined places is logical and in good faith.

    Totally agree with you that Singapore is too crowded and this makes it easier for any contagious microbes to spread.
    Nonetheless, there are still places in the island where crowding is lesser in degree and colony forming density of the virus is less likely to reach.

    Do you wear a mask outside your house these days?

    I am not surprise if you do, or even at home.

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  • Aiya:

    Boh Kia See:
    Surprised to read that the PAP is following WHO’s directive. I thought foreigners and foreign organisations are not allowed to intefere with the local situation.

    WHO produced an advisory to cover every nation in the world. Surely, each nation, upon receiving the advisory should then consult their experts on the local situation. Everyone of these people are very well paid but they chose to parrot what WHO indicates without even thinking about it.

    It is time for the PAP to go–there is no love lost there.

    VTO–the PAP.

    It is selective quotation, cherry picking advice, stats.

    No one can POFMA PAP, so can anyhow say that lor.

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  • PRC Zealots:

    Many PRCs zealots here.
    Affected by one night stand with PRC mei mei in Geylang.

    Where did the source come from ?
    China!
    Want to f also f China or CCP or Xi ?

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  • Let me speculate:

    Linbeikongai: Thus, MOH’s advice is logical and superior to just wearing of masks!

    MOH also advise you not to go to crowded places

    MOH also advise you to wash hands with soap

    MOH also advise you not to touch your face

    MOH also advise you not to roam around if you are unwell …….

    MOH’s approach is generic and is expected to produce the best results.

    You are a retiree, so you can afford to stay at home.

    How about your children, grandchildren, if you have any, that need to take the bus and train.

    Wait until there is no one in the train, only the bus driver to board?

    Masks may deter people from touching their face, it may become a habit.

    Do you prefer the virus to accumulate on your mask or on your nose and mouth?

    By the way, I dont wear now or during SARS, only when I am doing house cleaning because I am sensitive to dust.

    I hope we do not bump into each other and I could not avoid sneezing lest I frighten you out of your life.

    Saying is one thing, doing it is another.

    I am not sure if you are like PAP, sufficient mask, dont need to wear …

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  • Who say no mask?:

    Bapak:
    We Oppos already knew the gei kiang Clown has pulled another mee siam mai ham boo boo. They are just textbook followers, simply no initiative, kosong up there. Conclusion – PAP is a spent force.

    Now, tell us about the mask stockpile situation. Why no one of PAP dare to come out to clarify why 99% of the retailers here are NOT SELLING the masks. This “shortage” of masks is the key factor that causes panic-buying when we turned Orange. Don’t push the blame to Singaporeans, you MF!

    First, to clarity, I am not Oppos.

    But I agree with you.

    PAP MP Chen Hui Li wore a mask.

    If she or any PAP MP says that, maybe PAP whip will appear, and they have to say bye bye to their MP seat or even Ministerial post, $$$, next GE is akan datang.

    One warning, you Oppos, dont anyhow say 99% of retailers no masks, did you count? what if it is 99.8% or 97%? what if on a certain day, it was 95%?
    You get POFMAed and be famous overnight, you know or not.

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  • Haha:

    Linbeikongai:
    If the virus is to successfully infect anyone, a critical mess must be there, otherwise the body immunity will wipe it out easily.

    In line with this fact, wearing of masks when one is fine will actually increase the chances of catching the virus under certain circumstances!

    At this juncture, experts say the virus is spread via droplets and fomites. When healthy individuals put on face masks in Covid 19 rich environment , the outer face of the masks will very soon become contaminated to a level where critical mess is reached. Individuals with these contaminated masks would absentmindedly touch the outer surfaces and unfortunately, their eyes again, angels could soon be added to the heavens. For those who do not wear masks, as the number of virus actually get into their bodies are way below the critical mess, they will live on in the pink of their health.

    Apparently, the advice by MOH will save more people.

    Perverted reasoning and excuses for PAP!

    I might as well say I breathe in a critical mass of the virus and my strong immune system kills them all, and I am still alive and unfortunately, I breathe out an equally critical mass of virus and infect many others.

    So you prefer the virus to accumulate directly onto your face huh? And in this case, there is no critical mass of virus on your face, eyes, mouth, nose because your face (naturally dry, no pores, no cut from shaving) is a natural virus, droplet repellent? The wind blows the virus off?

    No one knows the full story yet.

    My view is to each his need.

    There is no excuse to not have enough (dont POFMA me as I didnt say sufficient) masks for people who want or need it.

    There is definitely no excuse to give another excuse – dont wear mask, your fault not to help manage our stockpile.

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  • YouDieYourBuisness:

    Masks no enough yet authorities never did or said anything when prcs were buying in bulk and sending back home earlier…one prc singer sent back 160k pcs!
    So afraid to get in BigBrother XJP’s badbooks but own citizens here,cant even get sanitizers..
    “YDYB” attitude eh?

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  • PAP mandate strong:
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  • MotherShit Cronyism:

    That guy called Chan should hold himself responsible for saying the no wear mask thing regardless who told him to say that .
    A true leader never find excuses.

    Else our future is in the hands of such a character.

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  • BillyMa:

    When this episode is closed. Hopefully very soon.
    Singaporeans may want to ask this question.
    Who brought the virus to our country?
    Think about it, will you.

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  • IMF Worldbank GDP:

    IMF and WorldBank never can audit any GDP and yet they cite GDP as if its something accurate.

    Why am i saying this?

    To educate you so that you can educate others.

    Singaporeans need to be spoonfed.

    No one can prove gdp is independently audited.

    Does Yeoh Lam Keong know the GDP as in God-accurate GDP ? Has he ever audited the gdp ? Has he ever proven the gdp ?
    Chief economist right?

    Sorry, but i am afraid no one is good enough to debunk me.

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  • Bapak:

    Your POFMA joke is so funny! Please keep voting PAP, for more jokes.

    Who say no mask?: First, to clarity, I am not Oppos.

    But I agree with you.

    PAP MP Chen Hui Li wore a mask.

    If she or any PAP MP says that, maybe PAP whip will appear, and they have to say bye bye to their MP seat or even Ministerial post, $$$, next GE is akan datang.

    One warning, you Oppos, dont anyhow say 99% of retailers no masks, did you count? what if it is 99.8% or 97%? what if on a certain day, it was 95%?
    You get POFMAed and be famous overnight, you know or not.

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  • Linbeikongai:

    Let me speculate: You are a retiree, so you can afford to stay at home.

    How about your children, grandchildren, if you have any, that need to take the bus and train.

    Wait until there is no one in the train, only the bus driver to board?

    Masks may deter people from touching their face, it may become a habit.

    Do you prefer the virus to accumulate on your mask or on your nose and mouth?

    By the way, I dont wear now or during SARS, only when I am doing house cleaning because I am sensitive to dust.

    I hope we do not bump into each other and I could not avoid sneezing lest I frighten you out of your life.

    Saying is one thing, doing it is another.

    I am not sure if you are like PAP, sufficient mask, dont need to wear …

    I take bus and also MRT but refrain from taking taxi.

    I personally consider the space in the bus and MRT as being Covid 19 barren environment.

    My rationale is this:

    The initial source of transmission was the 13 imported cases. By that time, MOH has already taken the appropriate measures to prevent further spreading. Let say all the 13 are super spreaders and each will pass the bug to say 10 individuals. Added up, there might be 130 infected individuals roaming about. To bump into anyone of them might just be like firing a shot from Changi Point Ferry Terminal and hitting a grape placed on the top of Gunung Tahan in Malaya Peninsula.

    Thus, so far, I have been moving about all over the island mask-free.

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  • Dorscan White:

    AFTER Dorscan Red shouldn’t there be “Dorscan White”? Why white” It is the Chinese colour for death and mourning.

    At Dorscan White men wearing white (MIW) will give each household two white cloth sheets to cover dead bodies and two all-white t-shirts for the funeral. They will also collect unused masks given out earlier. No point wearing them (because according to Government chief medical officer there is no proof virus is airborne).

    I do not like anything white because it is the color of death. How about you?

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  • Covid-Pap:

    MotherShit Cronyism:
    That guy called Chan should hold himself responsible for saying the no wear mask thing regardless who told him to say that .
    A true leader never find excuses.

    Else our future is in the hands of such a character.

    These MFs like to gei kiang to speak through their a*sholes.

    Pinky arrogantly said no need to panic. After that, orange colour sent sinkies panicking to stock up.

    When caught with foot in his mouth, these MFs will not admit their stupidity. Instead they would plug anything from the air to cover themselves.

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  • nizhemoshou:

    ya lor, WHO advice cant be interpreted outright to mean if you are outside your home, no need wear mask or wear only if unwell. Certainly not. WHO not stupid Being a WHO , do you think they would go or dare issue such a stupid guidance when they were fearing the worst and expressing such sentiments in their daily press briefing. . TH, they would have worded as clear cut as pap clown advisory one to sgs ” wear masks only if unwell”
    Some more , when pap clowns issued their advice, they never mention that it is WHO guidance.
    Why now then mention WHO?
    That shows the pap clowns also know that is not exactly WHO guidance. Only now bcos need to do damage control , then trying fudge on WHO . POFMA the shameful bastards !

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  • BK:

    What we have is a virus that is extremely infectious, but its kill rate is more liked flu. The virus presence seems ubiquitous, its routes to infect are multiple pathways.

    But it is psychological fear that is probably more damaging to us.

    The sensible advise from a doctor is:

    The key to fight this, is to build our immunity system. That means hydrate, eat well, take supplement of Vitamin C 1000mg. Reduce stress, keep calm , stay happy.

    Good Health All….

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  • oxygen:

    @ Darth Vader

    GOOD HIT on the spot.

    Darth Vader: For everyone else here, WHAT do you call someone eho knowingly passes off falsehoods as facts?

    and you supplied the perfect answer.

    Darth Vader: Hey DICKHEAD,

    Applause.

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  • oxygen:

    @TRE Techie,

    APPLAUSE!

    SILENCE OR DECEPTION OF TRUTHS is the violence of power expression – PAPpypolitics is in control of the media AND ITS DISTORTIONS augmented by the silencing of others via POFMA.

    TRE Techie: “Masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.”

    I simply love the way big shots are playing with words and issuing politically correct statements.

    The above is akin to saying frequent washing of hands is only effective if masks are also worn, so if you don’t wash ypour hands regularly, then wear mask also no use.

    Now the SARS-CoV-2 is spread via droplets and fomites. Mask prevents droplets infection while washing hands prevent fomites infection.

    The 2 methods complement each other, why then seperate them and play chicken and egg?

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  • oxygen:

    @ Linbeikongai

    NAIVETY AT ITS PEAK – how did a super spreader visiting/meeting at Grand Hyatt scored so many traveling to the French resort to infect others?

    Linbeikongai: If the virus is to successfully infect anyone, a critical mess must be there, otherwise the body immunity will wipe it out easily.

    Where is that “critical mass” in that instance and if not isolated in France,he could do a lot MORE of mass damage and YET WHO DOES NOT KNOW EXACTLY who IS “PATIENT ZERO” AT GRAND HYATT?

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  • I share the same sentiment:

    Linbeikongai: I take bus and also MRT but refrain from taking taxi.

    I personally consider the space in the bus and MRT as being Covid 19 barren environment.

    My rationale is this:

    The initial source of transmission was the 13 imported cases. By that time, MOH has already taken the appropriate measures to prevent further spreading. Let say all the 13 are super spreaders and each will pass the bug to say 10 individuals. Added up, there might be 130 infected individuals roaming about. To bump into anyone of them might just be like firing a shot from Changi Point Ferry Terminal and hitting a grape placed on the top of Gunung Tahan in Malaya Peninsula.

    Thus, so far, I have been moving about all over the island mask-free.

    I did not go into the detailed analysis, just gut feeling
    that the situation has not reached such a stage everyone has to wear mask.

    Any calculations, assumptions, and analysis where results differ from PAP’s will be POFMAed.

    I didnt wear masks during SARS or couldnt even remember H1N1 saga.

    To each his own.

    However, I still hold PAP million dollar ministers accountable to the shortage of masks that cause distress to many people and the panic buying of rice, instant noodle and even toilet paper.

    Now toilet paper in NTUC Fairpice, a co operative founded by PAP, run by PAP MP, has increased in price. The “top end” of Fairprice’s toilet paper is now almost the same price as the expensive brand like Kleenex. I could not find my usual cheaper Fairprice’s now!

    PAP should prepare for such eventuality, it is their job. It is their job to understand the psychic, aka kiasi and kiasu mentality of many Singaporeans, not just the part to win votes.

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  • Sorry for being ...:

    Bapak:
    Your POFMA joke is so funny! Please keep voting PAP, for more jokes.

    … ambivalent earlier on.

    I am not Pappies too.

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  • Where Are Your Brains ?:

    Ministers, where are your brains? If WHO tell you to east shit, you eat shit ?

    If Pinky tell you to drink your own urine to prevent the virus from attacking you , do you drink your own urine ?

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  • Trublu:

    Maybe WHO meant Sg ministers NO NEED TO WEAR MASKS?

    Bodoh!

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  • Tikum Investment Strategy:

    MotherShit Cronyism:
    If GIC invests and fails, will it blame someone else?

    I must run for GE!
    I am very good!

    GIC continues to invest in China during this period where many are pulling out.
    More reserves down the drain.

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  • Bapak:

    Accepted. A 30-years friendship ended for doing similar thing to me. I excommunicatos him from my circle of friends forever.

    Sorry for being ...: … ambivalent earlier on.

    I am not Pappies too.

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  • Bapak:

    If you look at our neighbour’s officials, everyone uses their common sense except the world’s highest paid PM & Gang are simply no brainers but strictly textbook followers.

    Where Are Your Brains ?:
    Ministers, where are your brains? If WHO tell you to east shit, you eat shit ?

    If Pinky tell you to drink your own urine to prevent the virus from attacking you , do you drink your own urine ?

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  • Incompetent Greedy Corrupt:

    Useless ministars more concerned with winning debates than actual well-being of citizens.

    They acknowledged they do not know fully about the transmission mechanism of this Wuhan virus, yet claimed that wearing mask is not needed.

    They started with a mistake, now have to make further mistakes to cover the first one. The length that they could go defending the mistake is a sign that there is a cover-up.

    It can now be deduced that the government is not prepared and there is a severe shortage of masks and protective gear.
    They have not banned the shipment of mask out of this country, why?
    Tell us what is the stockpile, if there is enough, why are they hoarding the masks?

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  • oxygen:

    @ TRE Techie

    Your counter party @ Linbeikongai’s maths must be retarded kindergarten grade or he/she is blind of WHAT THE NUMBERS MEANS.

    TRE Techie: @!Linbeikongai

    I am not medically trained but I know rubbish when I see one.

    A single patient in Wuhan infected 11 doctors and nurses, a single UK Walsh infected 11 around the world. a single passenger on a cruiseship infected 218 and counting. If the body’s immune system can fight off the virus, then all of them all weaklings issit?

    Besides if one is in a virus rich env, then the more masks are needed because people need to breath and droplets can form in air moisture from exhalation.

    What freaking criticsal mass you talking about?

    POOR SOUL, @ Linbeigongai DIDN’T KNOW THAT HIS ROMANTICISM OF “critical mass” is ONE unit of infected spreading to the rest.

    Linbeikongai: If the virus is to successfully infect anyone, a critical mess must be there, otherwise the body immunity will wipe it out easily.

    IF WE TAKE @ Lingbeikongai’s imperative as benchmark of risks analysis, the world will see PANDEMIC CRISIS MANAGES US INSTEAD OF THE OTHER WAY AROUND OF STRUGGLING EFFORT NOW.

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  • so many pap IBs here = 1 only:

    according to a bro here in TRE,

    one pap IB masquerading as Roy Spread Fake News = PAP mandate strong = PAPSUREWIN = PAPGUARANTEEDWIN.

    another bro here in TRE says all of them sama sama as pap IB cynical incestor.

    we notice each time 30% OPPO bros here in TRE bullseye on pap lies, the pap IB, one pap IB pretending to be many pap IBs, come out in full force to BS.

    a s*ake is a s*ake is a s*ake.

    we see one from miles away.

    they smell bad too, since they are shit.

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  • PAP govt give false advice ?:

    How can it be that the healthy ones no need to wear masks as if masks are not effective to prevent the healthy ones from catching the virus? Remember the masks are equally effective both ways in both preventing the spread or catching the virus unless they are saying masks are only effective one way only. Basically their main agenda is to prevent panic buying because they damn know the whole world is Facing a severe shortage of masks and Singapore is no exception. Hence we see the daily message in the Staits Times telling the healthy ones no need to wear masks!

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