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Credit: NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine

Dr Dale Fisher, Professor in Infectious Disease, NUS, and Chair of the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network, WHO, answers that one question on everyone’s mind – To mask or not to mask?

Healthcare staff observe strict hygiene protocols. Let us all continue to encourage and support them in this moment of need!

Remember to be socially responsible and visit a Public Health Preparedness Clinic if you show signs of respiratory illness.

Only use a mask if you’re unwell and remember to use a fresh one every day. Don’t attempt to clean and reuse them, they are meant for single use only.

Myth busted: COVID-19 is nearly always spread through droplets and close contact. Do not put on more protective gear than required.

Make no mistake about it – it is important to practise good hand hygiene and wash your hands regularly with soap and water.

The cat is out of the bag! There is no evidence that stray cats and dogs can spread the virus.

WHO said it: There’s no evidence that eating garlic, using mouthwash and putting on sesame oil can protect one from the COVID-19 virus.

Online shopping parcels are safe to open, just remember to wash your hands after!

Always remember to adopt good personal hygiene and don’t forget to keep your personal items clean too.

Our healthcare workers make many sacrifices for our patients, don’t forget to send a kind word their way!

Beyond the immediate medical needs, our healthcare workers are there to encourage patients at the COVID-19 isolation wards while they’re away from their loved ones.

With social distancing measures being taken, here are some alternative greetings to the traditional handshake.

Keep to seeing the same doctor to ensure continuity of care.

Places with confirmed cases of COVID-19 would have been thoroughly disinfected before re-opening to the public.

Keep your hands away from your face to reduce the chances of picking up germs or viruses.

Happy International Women’s Day! As we stand together in the fight against COVID-19, let’s not forget to show appreciation to the women in our lives.

Just like everyone else, mommies-to-be should take the usual precautions such as practising good hand hygiene and avoiding people who are unwell.

Social responsibility is everyone’s duty! Stay home if you are feeling even the tiniest bit under the weather to prevent the spread of disease.

For those with mild flu symptoms and no recent travel history or contact with COVID-19 cases, visit your usual GP first and remember to wear a mask on your way there.

We can’t emphasize the importance of social responsibility enough in this time; stay home if you are unwell and avoid going to work, school or attending social events.

COVID-19 patients in Singapore have to go through stringent tests before they are given the green light to discharge from the hospital.

If you are unwell, postpone visits to your loved ones to keep them safe from the virus.

Let us all remember to lend a helping hand and support those in need, whenever and wherever we can.

In our fight against COVID-19, let’s not forget all the unsung heroes who help make this possible.

The COVID-19 virus doesn’t discriminate! Whether young or old, everyone has a part to play in practicing social distancing to flatten the curve.

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