The Latest Take on Coronavirus in Singapore
The coronavirus pandemic has shaken the world to its core, and the turmoil is reaching Singapore as well. Coronavirus, the notorious infection that is causing respiratory symptoms, has now emerged in our nation with 85 cases confirmed as of now.
The start of February 2020 saw this number spike, and Singapore moved from a DORSCON level of yellow to orange.
What is DORSCON?
DORSCON* is the abbreviation for Disease Outbreak Response System Condition. This is a colour-coded framework that shows the current disease situation. The framework provides us with general guidelines on what needs to be done to prevent and reduce the impact of infections.
DORSCON takes into account:
- The current disease situation overseas
- How transmissible the disease is
- How likely it is to arrive in Singapore
- What impact it may have on Singapore’s community
There are 4 statuses – Green, Yellow, Orange and Red, depending on the severity and spread of the disease. For each status, it details the impact on the community, such as the measures to be taken in daily life (e.g. temperature screening, border measures), and advice to the public (e.g to look out for travel advisories).
DORSCON Orange indicates that while the disease is severe and spreads easily from person to person, it has not spread widely and is being contained in Singapore. Be socially responsible. Maintain good personal hygiene. Look out for health advisories. Comply with control measures.
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Can You Prevent the Infection?
There is no doubt that the number of cases is increasing in the country, but the right way to deal with it is by remaining calm and vigilant.
Here are a number of ways that can keep you protected against this viral infection:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap.
- Avoid touching your face with your hands.
- Monitor your temperature twice daily.
- Wear a mask if you are sick, or are exposed to someone with the disease. See a doctor promptly if you are unwell.
- If you are sick, avoid crowded places and stay at home.
- Avoid eating uncooked meat and animal products.
- Make respiratory hygiene a priority, i.e. cover your mouth with tissue paper when you sneeze or cough, and wash your hands afterwards.
- Keep your home and surroundings clean and well-ventilated.
The Wuhan virus or coronavirus is wreaking havoc, but it’s not all bad news.
According to a new study at Harvard University**, with researchers using Singapore as a benchmark for other countries, Singapore’s approach to the coronavirus outbreak is the “gold standard” for case detection.
Quick diagnosis is an important part of controlling the disease outbreak. We hope to see more advancements in the management of coronavirus soon!
Is there more you can do now to fight Coronavirus?
Yes, certainly! Whoever can do more now, just do it! Check out how you can play a part to contribute to fighting this battle as a nation at this one-stop portal: www.sgunited.gov.sg