Prof Tambyah: When we stop linking cases, perhaps we accept that the virus is everywhere and we can loosen up some restrictions

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It makes less sense to differentiate between linked and unlinked Covid-19 cases as Singapore moves to treating the disease as endemic, and shifting the focus from this means resources can be better used elsewhere, public health and infectious disease experts said following the Ministry of Health's announcement that it would stop publicising the number of cases with no known connections.

Linking cases helps the authorities know which disease clusters are likely to become "explosive", said Professor Paul Tambyah, president of the Asia-Pacific Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infection, on Thursday(Sept 9).

But if Singapore accepts that the coronavirus is "well and truly endemic" - just like diseases such as dengue or tuberculosis - this number becomes less relevant.

He pointed out that the country does not distinguish between linked and unlinked cases for other endemic diseases, although it does track clusters - especially among vulnerable groups.

"When we stop linking cases, perhaps we accept that the virus is everywhere and we can loosen up some restrictions," Prof Tambyah said.

 

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Actually it's TRUE. Endemic means no more clusters or unlinked cases. Singapore is a giant cluster so if you got it in Singapore, technically you are linked to the Singapore cluster.

That is what endemic really means.
 

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I just saw some news on hk tvb this morning that says that hk should never follow sg in this endemic approach as it'll harm the economy more than help it in the long term. I think it's a repost of one of their local newspaper opinion piece...

Anyways, might be too late to turn back now, can only march on?


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Paul ah Paul.
You say such, means you give up already. But really what can you do or say even if you had better ideas than that bunch?
 

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What Paul said makes perfect sense. We need to move on and cannot look back, jitao open up.
 

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smells like sarcasm... edmw also alot 高级黑 pappy... say time to remove masks, remove TT, go back to pre-covid daily lives or lets go endemic~~ :crazy:
 

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I just saw some news on hk tvb this morning that says that hk should never follow sg in this endemic approach as it'll harm the economy more than help it in the long term. I think it's a repost of one of their local newspaper opinion piece...

Anyways, might be too late to turn back now, can only march on?


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imagine a office have to shut for 14 days if one staff is infected, given that community cases is full blown, almost high chances a office got 50-100 people will have 1 infected person. this is very damaging to productivity.

a full CB impose can stop the spread and businesses are allow to readjust itself rather than sudden office shutdown now.
 
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