NCID Director: Covid Situation is More Dangerous Now than Before Circuit Breaker

National Centre for Infectious Diseases’ Associate Professor David Lye has warned that the Covid-19 situation in Singapore is worse now than it was before last year’s circuit breaker.

The director of NCID’s Infectious Disease Research and Training Office said that this is due to asymptomatic transmissions, and the severity of the new strain of the Covid19 virus.

This is Dr Lye’s message, which was posted in a chat group:

“Our current status is likely more dangerous than just before circuit breaker last year.

2020 was bad because of the huge outbreak in dormitories among migrant workers which could be contained by locking down albeit with a lot of resources.

The many cases with no linkage now suggest the spread to community from the Changi Airport outbreak may be wide and far.

40-50% of infected have no symptoms and can be equally infectious.
10% can get sick enough to need oxygen.

Yes we have effective vaccines and treatment, and expanded testing capacity but against us is the new mutant strains that infected TTSH and Changi Airport staff despite masks and vaccination.

This is serious.
We should all do much more beyond what government dictates.
(1) Stay home
(2) Avoid crowded places
(3) Avoid big groups
(4) Form your small social bubble who must be committed to the bubble not to socialise beyond the bubble; for many this is your immediate family
(5) Wear mask over mouth and nose including walking in parks
(6) Get vaccinated, the TTSH outbreak shows not enough vulnerable old people get vaccinated

If you want to keep your family safe, you need to listen and do the above.
If a country is overwhelmed like India, many will die including children and young people.
Sick people cannot get a bed and dead bodies cannot get cremated or buried.

My colleagues and I do not want to see you in NCID or any of the public hospitals.”

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