First confirmed infection of a medical worker in Singapore

Singapore has registered its first case of medical worker being infected with the Covid-19.

Among the 9 fresh cases of confirmed infections announced by the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Friday (14 Feb), one was an anaesthesiologist with no recent travel history to China and has no known interactions with past cases.

The 61-year-old Singaporean, who is currently warded at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) reportedly told the media that he actually works at a private hospital as an anaesthesiologist in operating theatres.

He said that he has no idea how he was infected because hospitals have all the precautionary measures in place and he did not think he was infected at the hospital he was working in.

There are temperature screenings at hospitals. Those who enter are supposed to be screened already. We check our temperature every day.

Nowadays we don’t really know where the virus is from. I didn’t expect to get it.

“I am just unlucky. That’s all I can say,” he told the media.

According to the anaesthesiologist, he began to develop a fever last Friday (7 Feb)  and decided to stay home to rest. He had no other symptoms like cough or sore throat.

The fever persisted and he thought he might have come down with dengue fever because 2 of his neighbours were diagnosed with dengue during Lunar New Year. However, when he went to the emergency care clinic at Farrer Park Hospital to test for  dengue on Sunday (9 Feb), it was negative.

By Wednesday (12 Feb), his temperature was still high and he decided to consult an infectious disease specialist at Mount Elizabeth Hospital where a swab test was done and sent for testing.

A day later on Thursday (13 Feb), he was confirmed to have been infected with the Covid-19 and an ambulance was immediately dispatched to fetch him from his home at Wilkinson Road to NCID.

So far, his family members have been tested negative for the virus, which WHO* has officially named SARS-CoV-2.

The island city with 72 confirmed infections is currently the most infected country outside of mainland China.

Meanwhile, Chinese authorities have confirmed that 1716 medical workers have been infected with the Covid-19 and 6 have died.

 

* The World Health Organisation, seeking to distinguish the virus from the disease it causes, said on Tuesday (11 Feb) that it had named the virus SARS-CoV-2, and the disease Covid-19.

 

 

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11 Responses to “First confirmed infection of a medical worker in Singapore”

  • Bapak:

    For those who want to know how he gets it do call the Clown, as he knows the Covid-19 is not as serious as SARS. The doctor must be wearing mask every day when he was well. Now he kenna, he deserves it for he never follows the vice (oops wise) man advice.

    Someone is giggling in his office in KL.
    PAP IBs are getting many angry calls from their paymasters to do somethings.

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  • @Bapak

    No need to worry, nevermind liao. China can cure with antibodies from blood plasma from those infected but recovered. At most waste time in hospital nia, won’t die liao.

    I also noticed that the figures for countries with infections have typically remained stagnant except for Japan and Singapore being no horse run. Maybe the virus have reached its End Of life? lol

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  • Bapak:

    Japan should not be included bro. This is how the story goes.

    Japan told that WHO (whoever that is), they don’t one the Gold medal position. Menwhile, Singapore also don’t want the Gold medal position. We argued with that WHO ever that is the ship is in Japan water.

    Japan shot back with a brilliant statement “within 200m is not inside 200m”. Singapore lost. Therefore, Singapore sunks, took over the Gold medal position.

    We are in good hands.

    TRE Techie:
    @Bapak

    No need to worry, nevermind liao. China can cure with antibodies from blood plasma from those infected but recovered. At most waste time in hospital nia, won’t die liao.

    I also noticed that the figures for countries with infections have typically remained stagnant except for Japan and Singapore being no horse run. Maybe the virus have reached its End Of life? lol

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  • @Bapak

    Thats a good one and they cannot POFMA you because it was the AGC which said so. lol

    BTW, you thinky how much the medal tally for Sinkapore would be, say by month’s end? My bet is about 150 – 200.

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  • Bapak:

    Correction bro. This Reversed-Olympics no one wants Gold medal position. No money for gold medalists. Consder yourself lucky for not selected. Wear a mask.

    TRE Techie:
    @Bapak

    Thats a good one and they cannot POFMA you because it was the AGC which said so. lol

    BTW, you thinky how much the medal tally for Sinkapore would be, say by month’s end? My bet is about 150 – 200.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    In PAP country, it is not important how high the COVID-19 tally goes. The Health Ministry predicted the number would go higher but did not tell you what he is going to do! As long as you don’t wear mask, it will be ok!

    Now the priority for all ministers is to search every article in any media for POFMA, that’s the KPI for now. COVID-19 can wait.

    DPM is now revising the budget to buy some votes. The tourism board is now thinking of way to bring in more tourists to SG, to be infected or to infect. GDP cannot go down because Ministers’ salary depend on it.

    PAP’s priority is all wrong. Just follow the WHO’s advisory.

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  • Sgreans 3rd World:

    Did the medical worker take chan advice not to wear mask?

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  • REGIME CHANGE is the solution:

    Strait Times: Keep your hands clean and carry on: 25 questions about the coronavirus answered

    Is this “spin” to distract Singaporeans from the mask fiasco (wear mask only if sick)? Washing your hands does not help you if a person infected by the virus sneezes in front of you and both of you are not wearing a mask.

    If you believe you should “only wear a mask if you are sick” then you MUST also believe one OR all of the following:
    1) tooth fairy
    2) Santa Claus
    3) Singapore is a real 1st world country
    4) Singapore is a real democracy
    5) The value of HDB flats will never go down.
    6) [email protected] was a correct policy
    7) Singapore must pay its ministers million $ salaries to get honest and competent people to serve.
    8) POFMA is necessary instead of openness and transparency
    9) Trust is enough, not “trust but verify” or “trust to be trusted”.
    10) LKY is “coming back”
    11) LKY does not want his house demolished

    Bottom line: If you believe any of the above your parents wasted their money on your education.

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  • Harder Truths:

    There is no vlue for the life of a $G citizen by this government. None.
    If you die they know that they have the mandate to replace you with FT.

    For the $G citizen – good luck because you are only a burden if you cannot serve the familee.

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  • REGIME CHANGE is the solution:

    If there is “no proof that the virus is airborne”, as claimed by the Government’s Chief Medical Office, why are almost all of photos of health workers shown in the media showed them wearing a mask?

    If the virus is transmitted by touching an infected surface then just wearing gloves should be sufficient. Why waste the limited supply of masks?

    Let us all continue fighting the bullshit in MSM, in MOH advice, paid IBs and social media that a mask should only be worn if unwell.

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  • Harder Truths:

    This just in. China’s prestigious South China University of Technology in Guangzhou agrees that virus most likely from Wuhan lab.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/health/smoking-gun-chinese-scientist-finds-killer-coronavirus-probably-originated-laboratory-wuhan

    The problem with a engineered virus is that it looks and acts like its gone and then it somehow comes back and kills people. This virus can affect ‘cured’ victims again – and again – and again.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/health/hubei-doctors-warn-even-deadlier-coronavirus-reinfection-causing-sudden-heart-attacks

    In $G there is nothing to worry about right? We are betting our lives if the government is wrong.

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