Looking back in December 2019 when it was first discovered about the COVID-19 pandemic, not much information was gathered during the initial breakout and the implication of danger it carried. In early January 2020, WHO had received report about the outbreak and provided an ongoing investigations. On January 12 2020, there were 41 confirmed cases plus one death with patient with serious underlying medical conditions. During that period, it had shown clinical signs & symptoms of fever with some cases of difficulty in breathing and chest radiography shown of invasive pneumonia in lungs. At that time, it was said to be only confined in Wuhan City with no case of infection elsewhere.
In early February 2020, reports had shown cases happening in Australia, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, USA, Vietnam, India, Philippines, United Arab Emirates, Thailand, Hong Kong and Malaysia. It was already more than 10,000 cases in Wuhan plus death was reported in Hong Kong and Tianjin. On 8th February 2020, Wuhan City had confirmed 608 deaths and more countries were already having this virus cases. By the end of February 2020, more than 30 countries already had this infection of COVID-19 and more deaths had shown during this period of time.
On 11th March 2020, WHO declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic after an alarming levels of spread of more than 120,000 cases in 114 countries. As we can see that it simply took about 3 months’ period for people to realize how serious this problem of infection can spread without proper control. Since this is not something where we experience before, it seems like we happen to be caught off-guard in this matter. Once this had been announced as pandemic, every country should had put in place some form of contingency plan to move forward. We could see at that time, different countries had their own contingency plan as how to cope with this virus and putting it on action.
Up till today 23rd May 2020, we can still see the rising of infections and more deaths are being told. Why? How come with the contingency plan and yet we are seeing more people are being infected and does not seem to slow down or getting better? Our personal opinion is that not everyone is abiding to the contingency plan and due to this, we cannot foresee the situation to be over any sooner. It is such a basic concept of personal hygiene plus precautionary measures like social distancing and isolation. Yes! It is as simple as isolation for everyone in the world at the very same time together to prevent further spreading from human to human. Simple but yet not effective! Why? Well, not every person in the world are actually doing the isolation part together at the very same time. So, if you do not isolate yourself together for everyone in the world at the same time, this means the virus will continue to spread from human to human with exposure. It will forever continue in a cycle as long as someone is having the virus and spread to one another.
Do the math about this – one person spreads to another and then 2 persons start to spread to another 2 persons and the numbers will build up again. Very soon, it will hear about 2nd wave and 3rd wave and many more waves in the future. This will never end unless the people do their parts of social distancing and isolation until the vaccine cure is available. There is no better cure than doing social distancing and isolation in current situation. So, basically if you want to go out for essentials then put on your mask and keep your distance from others and return home immediately thereafter. Washing hands with soap as often as possible when you happen to touch things outside in public and never use your hands to touch your face especially eyes, nose and mouth where the virus can infect you. Do you part in daily routine as mentioned and you can keep yourself as well as others to be safe from this deadly virus. It maybe a simple task but unfortunately, we do see and hear about people flouting the rules like not wearing masks or distancing, etc. It just takes one bad apple to affect the rest of us. And it will keep looping in cycle of never ending pandemic to human.
The sooner for each and everyone realize that it is YOU who will actually put an end to this pandemic, then everyone can get back in normal life routine. This might just be a dream that will not happen any sooner. Life might be changed after the whole incident is over as we can see it. No matter what lies ahead, our main priority now is keeping yourself & loved ones to stay safe. Here are some advice you can abide to so everyone can appreciate from these actions.
- Point One: Isolation is the best cure for prevention of spreading as well as avoid being infected.
- Point Two: Download the contact tracing app for those currently in Singapore as to find out all the unknown sources that maybe infected with COVID-19.
- Point Three: Continue with social distancing and wear masks at the same time while in public.
- Point Four: Washing hands with soap often as it helps to get rid of viruses on your hands.
- Point Five: Do not use your hands to wipe your eyes, nose and mouth unless you have just washed your hands.
- Point Six: If you have fever, cough and difficulty of breathing, please wear your mask and go to consult a doctor.
- Point Seven: Read latest news update from Government sites as to avoid fake news which can be harmful and deadly.
Be a conscientious person as to do your part to prevent further spreading of this deadly virus!