PERSONAL SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY DOESN’T END WITH COVID-19 TESTS
It is also important to remember that while an ART test kit is a vital tool for containing the spread of COVID-19, it is not the only measure we should take to exercise personal social responsibility when we feel unwell.
ART kits can only detect the presence of COVID-19, but this is not the only respiratory virus that we should be mindful of containing. A symptomatic individual could be infected by something else, such as an influenza virus or even bacteria that results in COVID-19-like illness.
If you’re unwell, see a doctor, self-isolate and rest at home. Thereafter, if your symptoms are mild, and you absolutely need to go out, put on a mask as soon as you step out of your house.
CELEBRATING FESTIVE SEASONS CAN BE A DOUBLE-EDGED SWORD
While social and cultural cohesion through celebration during festive seasons are important in enhancing our emotional and psychological well-being and quality of life, the massive movement and congregation of people potentially increases the risk of transmission of any infectious respiratory pathogen.
However, with a high level of social responsibility, advocacy, and trust through compliance with preventive measures, we can significantly reduce this risk in exchange for a more enjoyable Chinese New Year celebration. Wishing all a healthy and safe Chinese New Year.
Vincent Pang Junxiong is Assistant Professor, Centre for Outbreak Preparedness at Duke-NUS Medical School.