This is why PAP leaders failed big time and lost the trust of Singaporeans!

Don’t treat your people as “stupid idiots”!

“First, many health experts, including the surgeon general of the United States, told the public simultaneously that masks weren’t necessary for protecting the general public and that health care workers needed the dwindling supply. This contradiction confuses an ordinary listener. How do these masks magically protect the wearers only and only if they work in a particular field?

Second, there were attempts to bolster the first message, that ordinary people didn’t need masks, by telling people that masks, especially medical-grade respirator masks (such as the N95 masks), needed proper fitting and that ordinary people without such fitting wouldn’t benefit. This message was also deeply counterproductive. Many people also wash their hands wrong, but we don’t respond to that by telling them not to bother. Instead, we provide instructions; we post signs in bathrooms; we help people sing songs that time their hand-washing. Telling people they can’t possibly figure out how to wear a mask properly isn’t a winning message. Besides, when you tell people that something works only if done right, they think they will be the person who does it right, even if everyone else doesn’t.

Third, of course masks work — maybe not perfectly and not all to the same degree, but they provide some protection. Their use has always been advised as part of the standard response to being around infected people, especially for people who may be vulnerable. World Health Organization officials wear masks during their news briefings. That was the reason I had bought a few in early January — I had been conducting research in Hong Kong, which has a lot of contact with mainland China, and expected to go back. I had studied and taught about the sociology of pandemics and knew from the SARS experience in 2003 that health officials in many high-risk Asian countries had advised wearing masks.

It is of course true that masks don’t work perfectly, that they don’t replace hand-washing and social distancing, and that they work better if they fit properly. And of course, surgical masks (the disposable type that surgeons wear) don’t filter out small viral particles the way medical-grade respirator masks rated N95 and above do. However, even surgical masks protect a bit more than not wearing masks at all. We know from flu research that mask-wearing can help decrease transmission rates along with frequent hand-washing and social-distancing. Now that we are facing a respirator mask shortage, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that surgical masks are “an acceptable alternative” for health care workers — again, obviously because some protection, even if imperfect, is better than none. In the face of this, publicly presenting an absolute answer — “You don’t need them” — for something that requires a qualified response just makes people trust authorities even less.

Fourth, the W.H.O. and the C.D.C. told the public to wear masks if they were sick. However, there is increasing evidence of asymptomatic transmission, especially through younger people who have milder cases and don’t know they are sick but are still infectious. Since the W.H.O. and the C.D.C. do say that masks lessen the chances that infected people will infect others, then everyone should use masks. If the public is told that only the sick people are to wear masks, then those who do wear them will be stigmatized and people may well avoid wearing them if it screams “I’m sick.” Further, it’s very difficult to be tested for Covid-19 in the United States. How are people supposed to know for sure when to mask up?

Fifth, places like Hong Kong and Taiwan that jumped to action early with social distancing and universal mask wearing have the pandemic under much greater control, despite having significant travel from mainland China. Hong Kong health officials credit universal mask wearing as part of the solution and recommend universal mask wearing. In fact, Taiwan responded to the coronavirus by immediately ramping up mask production.

Sixth, masks are an important signal that it’s not business as usual as well as an act of solidarity. Pandemics require us to change our behavior — our socialization, hygiene, work and more — collectively, and knowing our fellow citizens are on board is important for all efforts.”

 

Goh Meng Seng

 

 

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25 Responses to “This is why PAP leaders failed big time and lost the trust of Singaporeans!”

  • Wear lah:

    Wear lah.
    Better safe than sorry.
    May help to slow down the community transmission.
    But more important to remember to wash hand with soap properly OK.
    Don’t touch your face.

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  • Clap, clap:

    If only this guy were the minister of health or prime minister, there would be no more new local cases in Singapore, as in Taiwan.

    Instead, we have complacent and passive leaders. The gov organizations organised big dinners and encourage life as usual which result in big clusters and more and more cases.

    The taskforce kept on saying they knew how to fight SARS. This is totally misguided since COVID-19 does not behave the same way as SARS.

    Asymptomatic transmission. By the time you find fever, the fellow has already spread to many others. This was reported by China very early on. But the taskforce ignore it totally. Vital new information was not considerd.

    “We know how to fight SARS.”

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  • oxygen:

    THE TRUTHFUL FALSITY OF SUFFICIENTLY INADEQUATE mask supply – forgetting the panicky food shopping – tells me that PAPpypolitics/PAPpynomic’s population recycling economics of massive foreign population influx is DEEPLY FLAWED AND UNSUSTAINABLE.

    And yes, PAPpypolitics failed big time and lost a lot of trusts of its incompetence.

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  • It Is Not SARS:

    Clap, clap: The taskforce kept on saying they knew how to fight SARS. This is totally misguided since COVID-19 does not behave the same way as SARS.

    Most countries are using the wrong tool to fight this new virus. Obviously it is not SARS, using the same tools (method) which help to overcome SARS will have bad consequences.

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  • UFO Goh:

    UFO GMS:
    UFO Goh

    You are repeating the obvious.
    There’s is nothing “Idiots” can do now.
    You should start preparing and organising a 93 MPs wannabees for GE2020.

    Seen any UFOs lately?

    I have no doubt UFO perpetually occupy his mind …… because he thinks & says ….. kind of funny or “extra”-ordinary stuff …. banality at its best.

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  • Educating Singaporeans:

    Dear Readers,
    GMS boasted that he had been in Hong Kong to join the stupid Hong Kees protest.

    It is highly likely that GMS is trying to import Hong Kong style (read lawlessness) civil unrest into Singapore. Do not be their canon fodder.

    Some oppie fools may have paid an actor out to stir anti PAP emotion hoping more stupid fools would join him to be their canon fodders.
    https://streamable.com/rhf5x

    For your information, the Hong Kong protesters are actually paid actors and actress. They are paid a lucrative wages to lead and instigate others to join their dying protest.

    This guy GMS is just like stupid Hong Kee Joey Siu.
    Do you want GMS or Joey Siu to be your leader ?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0ZQl6TQBMU

    PAP.GUARANTEED.WIN.GE2020
    Vote PAP, Vote for 9% GST to give PAP 9 months bonus.
    PAP Huat, Huat, Huat arh

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  • To Mask or Not to Mask?:

    If surgical masks are good for doctors and nurses, why shouldn’t they be good for people on the streets? People wear masks for the same reason doctors and nurses wear them – to protect themselves from being infected. Even if they do not offer full protection, some protection is better than no protection. In addition to masking-up, regular hand-washing is important. What is so difficult about teaching the public the right way to wear a mask? Don’t they do that all the time before the plane takes off?

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  • N.Jungne:

    Why nobody ask him for not respecting others??

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  • If say like that:

    If say like that, almost all the countries leaders fail big time including our neighbor. 673 cases with 2 deaths. Sg which kena early still no deaths.

    @ Clap, clap

    Send GMS to Malaysia to prove himself.

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  • STUPID HONGKONGERS:

    WHAT HAPPEN TO THE HK PROTESTS????
    WHY NOT START THE DEMOCRACY PROTESTS AGAIN???
    HONGKONGERS ARE APPEARING MORE LIKE FOOLS NOW.

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  • Whats up???:

    Goh Meng Seng,

    What are you rambling about?

    Here you are going on and on about the theoretical flaws in their reasoning. Yes, you are right. But the situation was such that masks were limited in number, and not everyone is going to have endless supply of it.

    The PAP made the best of the situation at hand. And did a fairly good job of it.

    So what are you trying to do? What are you trying to prove by nitpicking like this?

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  • Bad Boy:

    https://xw.qq.com/cmsid/20200314A0NAQY00?f=newdc
    专访牛津教授陈铮鸣:英国防疫策略是近乎无情的理性

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  • NotMyProblem:

    Clap, clap:
    …….

    The taskforce kept on saying they knew how to fight SARS. This is totally misguided since COVID-19 does not behave the same way as SARS.

    Asymptomatic transmission. By the time you find fever, the fellow has already spread to many others. This was reported by China very early on. But the taskforce ignore it totally. Vital new information was not considerd.

    “We know how to fight SARS.”

    That’s way they bought the F35. They will deployed soon to fight Covid-19.

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  • Dorothy:

    All the politicians and govt. officials around the world, especially in Europe keep telling the people not to wear mask in public. Wearing mask will not protect you from the virus and it will be a waste of the material. Only the healthcare personnel should wear their mask and mask must be reserved for them only. The virus is spreading like madness, where is the logic and kindness for the people. Its must be transmitted via aerosol as well not just thru droplets or hand holding or handshaking. All these politicians and govt. officers around the world, especially the retarded chief of WHO should be made responsible for this very big grave mistake. We are not the idiots, they are the real idiots.

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  • HK bananas:

    STUPID HONGKONGERS:
    WHAT HAPPEN TO THE HK PROTESTS????
    WHY NOT START THE DEMOCRACY PROTESTS AGAIN???
    HONGKONGERS ARE APPEARING MORE LIKE FOOLS NOW.

    Because their surrogate fathers angmo dua-kee are busy fighting with their covid-19 wives & have to neglect & abandon their adopted banana soil-kee. When angmo tua-kee are not serious about taking good care of their own type, how could they ever have the sincerity to take care of other adopted type aka banana soil-kee?

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  • no-common-sense kind of thing:

    //WHAT HAPPEN TO THE HK PROTESTS????
    WHY NOT START THE DEMOCRACY PROTESTS AGAIN???
    HONGKONGERS ARE APPEARING MORE LIKE FOOLS NOW.//

    making such ‘foolish’ statement rightly belonging to 151th standard lar ??

    aiyoh ? very funny hor ? more like fools ? virus lar, still want to come out to protest meh ? protests can wait lar, smart people are not so foolish to do no-common-sense kind of thing lar ???

    are you a so daft a sinkie or not, got do NS or not ? would you rush towards someone spraying machine gun bullets in your direction knowing it means certain death ?

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  • to be anti oppie:

    //Some oppie fools may have paid an actor out to stir anti PAP emotion hoping more stupid fools would join him to be their canon fodders.//

    wow pain huey ? you mean white idiots and gang are saints with 50 years long hold of Hi-Energy power and white monkey idiots have not done anything / all things possible to be anti oppie meh ???

    daft sinkies are not so daft and would smartly want 6.9m or 10m open-leg policy for their own good and to compete with themselves meh ????

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  • must tikam tikam:

    //If say like that, almost all the countries leaders fail big time including our neighbor. 673 cases with 2 deaths. Sg which kena early still no deaths.//

    hahaha ? i heard something like that some nearby kopi teh tarik tok tok ?? if don’t pull the plug, officially still no count of death lar ? wait till perhaps i-see-u units are overwhelmed, then probably the white idiots and gang must tikam tikam who deserve I-SEE-U lar ?

    also heard that the white idiots may not hospitalize future cases (probably beds too overwhelmed and pose much hazard for the health care staff ????) ????

    https://mothership.sg/2020/03/change-covid-19-strategy-hospitalised/

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  • STUPID HONGKONGERS:

    HK bananas: Because their surrogate fathers angmo dua-kee are busy fighting with their covid-19 wives & have to neglect & abandon their adopted banana soil-kee. When angmo tua-kee are not serious about taking good care of their own type, how could they ever have the sincerity to take care of other adopted type aka banana soil-kee?

    SOME HONGKEES (GMS???) MUST HAVE READ TRE. TODAY STARTS A MINI LUNCHTIME PROTEST @ CENTRAL. SEEMS THEY DON’T LIKE TO BE CALLED BANANA SOIL-KEES.
    ANGMO TUA KEE – TRUMP’S “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN” ALREADY GOT TRASHED BY JUST SOIL-KEE ORGANISMS. BUT AT LEAST HK BANANA SOIL-KEES CAN TAKE PRIDE TO BEING TRASHED BY CHINA TUA-KEES. LOL……..

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  • STUPID HONGKONGERS:

    no-common-sense kind of thing:
    //WHAT HAPPEN TO THE HK PROTESTS????
    WHY NOT START THE DEMOCRACY PROTESTS AGAIN???
    HONGKONGERS ARE APPEARING MORE LIKE FOOLS NOW.//

    making such ‘foolish’ statement rightly belonging to 151th standard lar ??

    aiyoh ? very funny hor ? more like fools ? virus lar, still want to come out to protest meh ? protests can wait lar, smart people are not so foolish to do no-common-sense kind of thing lar ???

    are you a so daft a sinkie or not, got do NS or not ? would you rush towards someone spraying machine gun bullets in your direction knowing it means certain death ?

    FOOLISH ONE IS YOU. TOO SIMPLE-MINDED TO UNDERSTAND SARCASM. HAHAHAHA…

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  • STUPID HONGKONGERS:

    STUPID HONGKONGERS: aiyoh ? very funny hor ? more like fools ? virus lar, still want to come out to protest meh ? protests can wait lar, smart people are not so foolish to do no-common-sense kind of thing lar ???

    THEY DID!!!! GO CHECK TODAY HK NEWS…I THOUGHT ONLY HK GOT FOOLISH PEOPLE. HERE IN TRE NOT ONLY FOOLISH BUT ALSO “no-common-sense kind of thing” SHAMEFUL TO SINGAPOREANS LEH….

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  • some fun during lunch break:

    //THEY DID!!!! GO CHECK TODAY HK NEWS…I THOUGHT ONLY HK GOT FOOLISH PEOPLE. HERE IN TRE NOT ONLY FOOLISH BUT ALSO “no-common-sense kind of thing” SHAMEFUL TO SINGAPOREANS LEH….//

    part time protests lar (maybe some fun during lunch breaks and after that back to work ???) NOT like the kind of full scale protests before the virus crisis lar ? just like in sinkie land, still a lot of part time get-togethers by organizations or full time non-social distancing like in trains during peak hours lar ???

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  • really sarcasm:

    //FOOLISH ONE IS YOU. TOO SIMPLE-MINDED TO UNDERSTAND SARCASM. HAHAHAHA…//

    really sarcasm meh ? so hk people are not as foolish or stupid as your nick has alluded to ? sorly hor, really misunderstood your sarcasm or whatever (your are totally awesome to ”beat” me on this ?) haha, hahaha, hahahahaha ?

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  • XIA SUAY HONGKONGERS:

    some fun during lunch break:
    //THEY DID!!!! GO CHECK TODAY HK NEWS…I THOUGHT ONLY HK GOT FOOLISH PEOPLE. HERE IN TRE NOT ONLY FOOLISH BUT ALSO “no-common-sense kind of thing” SHAMEFUL TO SINGAPOREANS LEH….//

    part time protests lar (maybe some fun during lunch breaks and after that back to work ???) NOT like the kind of full scale protests before the virus crisis lar ? just like in sinkie land, still a lot of part time get-togethers by organizations or full time non-social distancing like in trains during peak hours lar ???

    Not part time…la. Just remind the world not forget HK, hor. They don’t want their past protests to go to waste. After that go back to work?? More like a barking puppy chained to its’ kennel, coming out to bark and then go back to its’ kennel when US, UK “Bo Hiew” now being trashed so ‘jialat’ by a tiny virus. Hahaha….

    really sarcasm:
    //FOOLISH ONE IS YOU. TOO SIMPLE-MINDED TO UNDERSTAND SARCASM. HAHAHAHA…//

    really sarcasm meh ? so hk people are not as foolish or stupid as your nick has alluded to ? sorly hor, really misunderstood your sarcasm or whatever (your are totally awesome to ”beat” me on this ?) haha, hahaha, hahahahaha ?

    Ok, I take back the stupid. How about xia suay???? You so cute…Hahaha….

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  • Better safe than sorry:

    Look at Italy deaths situation.
    Better take this virus seriously and do whatever drastic measure is needed to prevent the community spread.
    Wear a mask if it helps. Wash hands with soap. Keep social distance and stay at home to work if possible.
    Better safe than sorry.

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