The original message that started the panic

The original message that started the panic

The problem with this type of unverified and inaccurate messages is that it unnecessarily adds to the fear already existing and heightened in the community.

The other problem is the repercussion of such a message.

Imagine if another doctor who is facing the same situation sees this, and realises the damage it will do to his clinic. He may end up keeping everything under wrap, and not take the extra precaution that we did, thereby increasing the risk for both staff and patients, and the community as a whole.

We must take it upon ourselves to take responsibility for all our actions. Therefore, we should reflect before we act. This is especially important in our Internet age where news travel almost instantaneously.

However, what is even more damaging is that a hugely important message is loss under all this noise. This virus IS in our community. It is spreading quietly. It is infective even before you are symptomatic, and therefore you may not know that you have it when you spread it to others.

Thus, it falls upon all of us to take this CMCO seriously, and to follow all recommended SOP strictly.

  1. Wear your face mask, and make sure you wear it properly. 3-ply surgical mask and N95 are the best. They are proven and tested. I do not recommend cloth mask. They may look good and feel comfortable but they are not proven to be equal to the surgical masks.
  2. Practice physical distancing. Also, minimise your exposure time with anyone you come into contact with.
  3. Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water, and avoid touching your face with your hands. Be mindful where your hands go to. If they touch your mask, wash them.
  4. Stay home as much as possible. Do not go out unnecessarily.

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