By Dr. Kenneth Long
COVID-19 – Just the sound of its name sends chills down one’s spine and makes everyone that little bit more wary of a sneeze in one’s vicinity. COVID-19 was also known as the Wuhan Coronavirus in its early days, where it furiously swept through mainland China from its epicenter of Wuhan in a matter of days. What started innocuously in December in a Wuhan market is now bordering on a global pandemic, affecting every continent apart from minimally inhabited Antarctica, and inflicting illness on almost 80,000 people worldwide thus far.
Owing to its well-connected transport links to China, Singapore has not been spared from COVID-19. As a matter of fact, Singapore was one of the first countries outside China to report cases of COVID-19. The first few cases were mainly imported cases from China prior to the government barring entry for people travelling through China or from China, which was a swift maneuver by our government in attempting to stem the inflow of cases. People were generally not too concerned at that moment, till there was evidence of local community spread, culminating in the raising of Disease Outbreak Response System Coordination (DORSCON) to ORANGE. To read more, click here.