We’re a blessed people and often, we take good things for granted. To deal with the pandemic, we have been given quality free masks to help keep ourselves and others safe.
Prudence makes good things possible
Good things are possible because of prudence.
Prudence allowed the Singapore Government to use from carefully stored-up reserves to help Singaporeans and businesses. The billions of dollars utilised does not burden future generations with debt of repayment.
Breathable 3D mask for distribution
In a Facebook post, Mdm Ho Ching announced a third nationwide distribution of the 3D maks. She said the 3D mask is breathable. It is suitable for use during exercise at gyms. It is washable and reusable for 30 or more washes.
It comes in different sizes too!
Creating ‘herd immunity’ with mask wearing
This is due in huge part to everyone wearing masks and keeping our saliva droplets to ourselves, Mdm Ho Ching said. The wearing of masks helps to create a kind of herd immunity. It is even helpful in reducing other respiratory infections like flu and common cold.
Today, anyone who presents with respiratory symptoms at a GP clinic will be tested for COVID-19. This is reactive surveillance, reacting to symptoms presentation.
Proactive search for silent clusters through community screening
Proactive search is done through community screening such as the one done for hawkers, food deliverers and merchants. It was conducted in Marine Parade and Ang Mo Kio and most recently in Boon Lay. Proactive searches also include pre-testing for events like MMA, conferences and cruises.
Such proactive searches helps us to identify cases early for treatment. It also reduces ‘the risk of large hidden clusters, lurking beneath the calm, like a dangerous iceberg’. We can avoid what we experienced in March/April when cases exploded after spreading silently.
Why we should be more deliberate in proactive screening
Data from many countries show that their infection rates are several times more than their confirmed cases. How is this known? Through sampling of their population using the antibody tests. Antibodies are produced by the body’s immune system in response to infections.
“With antibodies, we find that there are proportionately more people who have had infections, than what the confirmed cases show,” Ho Ching said. “Hence, we should be more deliberate in proactive pre-emption of hidden superspreading or silent clusters.”
Mask wearing, Proactive searching, Reactive Surveillance
It’s a fire drill!
This is like a fire drill.Practise, practise, improve, improve, so that we can organise and respond well, efficiently, and lower the cost in money, social, human psychology and wellbeing, as well as livelihoods.Cannot remain shellshocked and frozen by fear.Or waste the cool weather we are having now.Meanwhile, others are working hard on other fronts – vaccines, treatment and therapeutics, even better test kits using breath for instance, etc.So don’t lost heart and don’t be complacent.We can relax without being complacent – this is a long mile to run.