November is coming, and unlike other countries that’ve spikes in their COVID-19 cases, it’s still pretty calm here.
Today (29 October 2020), as of 12 pm, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has preliminarily confirmed 7 new cases of COVID-19 infection.
All of them are imported.
This brings the total number of cases to 57,994.
Based on yesterday’s numbers, the number of new, as well as unlinked, cases in the community has increased from 2 cases in the week before, to 3 in the past week.
Now, while we’re still safe, it doesn’t mean we’ll stay safe forever.
Because of…young people.
Ho Ching: Young People Contributed to Spike in COVID-19 Cases in Other Countries
PM Lee’s wife, Ho Ching, just penned her thoughts about the importance of young people’s roles in stopping the COVID-19 spread on Facebook.
Starting off her post, Mdm Ho highlighted the fact that continents such as Europe and across the United States were starting to see a spike in COVID-19 cases yet again as part of a second wave of infections.
Countries that had low infection rates in the first half of the year have also been starting to grow in cases now.
Attributing the main driving force of the new waves to young people in their 20s and 30s, Mdm Ho stated that young people are very mobile, with most of them not showing symptoms or having mild ones. It’s not just Mdm Ho’s claim, with the World Health Organisation having announced this fact previously back in August.
“Some may get very sick or die later, but most of them are very mobile physically and socially before and just after their symptoms begin to show,” she wrote, saying that this is when they are most infectious.
Mdm Ho also cited studies showing that before a person is sick enough to visit a doctor, 3 to 4 generations of cases could have been spread by that time, causing silent clusters to build up before a sudden surge in the amount of cases. After cases of young people were reported, more cases were discovered in a second wave 8 to 12 weeks later.
Despite the danger of the risks, the only consolation remains safe distancing measures and other measures such as wearing masks, for they may decrease transmission rates and lower the severity of the virus due to a smaller viral load, she added.
You can read her post here.