malaymail.com 29 Apr, 2021 11:45 am

The pandemic and our false sense of safety — Stephen Ng

The pandemic and our false sense of safety — Stephen Ng
APRIL 29 — The number of Covid-19 cases have shot up to 3,332 cases today, with over a thousand cases reported in the state of Selangor alone. A simple calculation shows that 1.5 per cent of our population have at one point or another been tested positive. This figure alone means nothing until we...

Checking of temperatures, social distancing and wearing of masks before entering shopping malls give us a false sense of safety.All I can say now is we must not have a false sense of safety when we think we have done our temperature checks before entering any public places or having our usual big meetings.APRIL 29 — The number of Covid-19 cases have shot up to 3,332 cases today, with over a thousand cases reported in the state of Selangor alone.If in Malaysia the VIPs get special treatment, with an eye closed on the number of reported cases of VIPs flouting the SOPs, in Thailand recently, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha was fined US$190 (RM779) for not wearing a mask during a government meeting.

Of course, 3,332 cases is not alarming if compared to the population of Malaysia but who would like to see our next of kin or even ourselves be part of the statistics?I am told by reliable sources that temperature checks, for example, can only detect 20 per cent of the Covid-19 cases, especially when these days, the virus has mutated to an extent that Covid-19 positive cases may not show any symptoms until the final stages.

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