Speech on Coronavirus delivered by Gan Kim Yong

Speech on Coronavirus delivered by Gan Kim Yong

The Singapore Health Minister delivered a ministerial statement on coronavirus. This deadly disease is now a global issue, here are the details of the statement:

 About this novel coronavirus, let me now share what we know about this novel coronavirus this coronavirus comes from the family of coronavirus, which include other viruses such as MERS and SARS. As well as milder variance causing common cold. The medical consensus at this moment is that the novel coronavirus is more transmissible but appears less deadly than SARS. Evidence suggests that the rate of human-to-human transmission of this

virus appears to be higher than that of SARS.

For now, the evidence also suggests that transmission is mostly via droplets. What this means is that the virus is carried within droplets emitted from an infected person over a short distance such as when a person coughs or sneezes. If these droplets come into contact with the eyes, nose or mouth of an individual directly or indirectly through hands that have come into contact with these droplets, the individual may become affected.

To clarify, there is no evidence currently to suggest that the virus is airborne. There are other viruses such as the chickenpox, which can easily be transported via air currents and do not require droplets to contact the eyes or nose. The novel coronavirus is not in this category of viruses. This novel coronavirus could also transmit through surface contact.

Let me explain when a person sneezes or coughs, the droplets fall onto the surfaces of tables and chairs and the virus may remain alive for up to a few days. When someone else touches the surfaces of these tables and chairs, the virus can be transferred through his hands, and if he then rubs his eyes or nose without washing his hands, he may become affected. So we should wash our hands…



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