Updated on 29 March 2020
News about the coronavirus (COVID-19) had reached around 663,740 of infected people around the world and still climbing by the day of spreading. It was said that there were 30,879 death cases while the recovery is 142,183 as of today.
Signs to look out for if you suspect of having COVID-19 will be symptoms of illness like fever, cough or shortness of breath. This will be the typical sign of flu-like symptoms of cough and fever for patients but unfortunately for those having chronic health conditions may develop pneumonia including chest pain or tightness as well as shortness of breath. Most of the infected people tend to start with a slight fever which followed by dry cough before having shortness of breath. It is said that those infected people who are having pre-existing conditions will be at higher risk like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease or hypertension.
Currently, it is said that the COVID-19 has an incubation period of 1 to 14 days but some other sources mentioned it could be up to 27 days. There has been evidence that human to human type of transmission will happen with close contacts. The current situation for the fatality rate seems to be more critical for older people plus those having pre-existing conditions.
Up to date, USA (123,750) and Italy (92,472) had the most infected cases comparing with China (81,439). Locally in Singapore, most of the new cases are related to travel in Europe, North America, ASEAN as well as other parts of Asia. It was announced to public as to defer any non-essential trips to malls as to stay at home and visit outside for essential like food. There has been implementation of stricter safe distancing measures to help containing the spread of COVID-19. The Singapore Government advice all foreign workers and foreign domestic helpers to stay in while on rest days as to avoid crowded gathering in public places and stay 1 metre away from one another.
With the new current measures, all gatherings outside work or school will be limited to 10 people with a distance of 1 metre apart. This also apply to places in shopping centres, supermarkets and restaurants. This means that owners of premises and event organisers will have to ensure non-fixed seating to be 1 metre apart at all times. If the seats are fixed then owners will need to ensure customers are sitting on alternate seats.
In order to curb this deadly COVID-19, we all should be doing our parts to help and end this spreading. It will be best if everyone can isolate themselves for a month with minimum contact outside as it will allow this virus to die off. If not possible, ensure you are at a distance from one another during your outing. Always remember about personal hygiene – that means washing your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds before and after food. Also wash if you come in contact while you are shopping or buying essentials. Try not to touch your face with your hands while you are outside otherwise wash it before touching your face. A good hygiene practice will help us to put an end to this deadly virus. So, let us be united as ONE and help the world to end this pandemic once and for all.