The Ministry of Health shared that many locally transmitted cases were caused by individuals attending social activities, despite being unwell.
These socially irresponsible behaviours pose a risk for the wider community, and mean that the precautionary measures implemented by the Government may not work.
Here are three socially irresponsible behaviours from the cases:
Failing to minimise social contact when unwell
About 35 of the 160 confirmed cases had not minimised social contact even when they had developed a fever or respiratory symptoms.
They had also not consulted a doctor early.
Continuing to work and going about with daily routine, even when unwell
22% of confirmed cases continued to work or carried on with their daily routines, despite being sick.
Of the 14 cases in this cluster, 9 were staff – 3 of them continued with daily activities despite feeling unwell. One staff also spread the virus to a family contact, who also carried on with daily activities while symptomatic. This resulted in an additional four cases who did not work at the company.
One case had attended the private dinner function at SAFRA Jurong on 15 Feb when unwell, who could be the reason for another 18 additional cases from the dinner. 10 of these 18 cases continued with daily activities despite feeling unwell, resulting in an additional 17 confirmed cases who were not present at the dinner.
38 of the 160 confirmed cases had visited more than one General Practitioner clinic. Of this, eight cases had visited three or more GP clinics.
Refrain from doctor hopping: Going back to the same doctor will ensure they can follow up with each case, and make an appropriate assessment if testing for COVID-19 is required.
To slow down the spread of COVID-19, everyone needs to do their part and be socially responsible. If unwell, even with mild flu-like symptoms, see a doctor and stay at home to prevent spreading the illness to others.