n light of the surge in the number of confirmed cases around the world – in particular in Iran, northern Italy, Japan and the Republic of Korea – the Multi-Ministry Taskforce will put in place further precautionary measures to limit the risk of the spread of the coronavirus that these affected regions may pose to Singapore.
To protect residents and citizens of Singapore, the Taskforce is monitoring the situation closely and will continue to take a calibrated and risk-based approach in determining the appropriate precautions and measures for Singapore.
[Infographic] Guidelines to Prevent the Spread of the Novel Coronavirus in Singapore
According to the Ministry of Health, it is likely that there will be a surge of infected cases in countries around the world, including in America, Europe, the Middle East and the rest of Asia in the coming days.
Singapore as a small, globally-connected city-state, is faced with a higher risk of imported cases.
For this reason, the Taskforce has put in place additional precautions for outgoing and incoming travelers.
As per the Ministry of Health, travelers should be aware of the typical symptoms associated with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
These symptoms include cough, runny nose, fever, and shortness of breath.
And in order to get on top of one’s health, travelers are advised to consider the following reminders:
- All travelers should closely monitor their health for two weeks upon returning to Singapore.
- For those experiencing fever, cough or runny nose, you are advised to wear a mask and seek medical attention as soon as possible.
- Contact the clinic ahead of your visit and inform the doctor of your symptoms and travel history.
Furthermore, here are the following precautionary measures to observe to avoid contracting the virus:
- Do not consume raw and undercooked meat.
- Avoid unnecessary travel to crowded places and being around those people exhibiting symptoms associated with the virus.
- Practice good personal hygiene at all times.
- Wash your hands thoroughly using soap or with an antibacterial agent (hand sanitizers or antiseptic rub with 70-80% alcohol content) as an alternative.
- For those with symptoms such as cough and runny nose, consider wearing a protective (surgical) mask.
- Always cover your mouth with tissue paper when coughing or sneezing.
- If you’re feeling unwell or have been exposed to places or persons who exhibit relevant symptoms, do not hesitate to consult and see your doctor.
Aside from raising awareness on how COVID-19 is spread in the community, it’s also important to be proactive when it comes to taking care of one’s health.
You can do your part in containing the spread of this disease by performing simple things such as washing your hands regularly, monitoring your temperature twice daily, avoiding hand contact with your face and mouth, as well as complying with home quarantine orders and stay-at-home notices, and staying within your designated locations.
And finally, as disinformation hinders progress and propagates fear, the Ministry of Health urges all residents and citizens of Singapore to avoid spreading rumors and fake news that may cause panic within communities.