Update on the 2020 Wuhan Coronavirus & Viral Pneumonia
Updated Precautions at WL&H Medical Services on 29 January 2020
There have been 7 confirmed cases of the Wuhan Coronavirus in Singapore at the writing of this email. All 7 patients had a travel history to Wuhan or were from the region, which means that there is currently no community spread evident in Singapore.
Let’s keep it that way by playing our part.
- We would greatly appreciate it if you could wear a facemask if you are feeling unwell or have any cough/ cold symptoms. I am sure that many of you have read that face masks are not recommended for the general public unless they have cough or cold symptoms. This will only work if everyone who is ill does their civic duty and wears a face mask to prevent their droplets from spreading to others.
- Let the clinic know early, if you have a travel history to Mainland China, Hong Kong or Macau, even if you are feeling well and are accompanying someone else. A runny nose if you have travelled to the Hubei region in the last 14 days is significant due to the mass spread of the virus there.
- Wash your hands often, especially before eating or touching your face. It would be even better if you made it a habit not to touch your face at all while out in public.
- Avoid crowded places as much as possible and keep a distance away from anyone coughing or sniffling.
- Keep away from people if you are ill.
- Verify sources of information and keep to official government sources for news and statistics. Fake news or sensationalized stories are a way for people to gain attention or sell newspapers. Do not let people capitalize on your fears. I would be happy to research or clarify any questions you may have- drop me an email and give me a few days to get back to you.
- If you have chosen to wear an N95 mask out of personal preference or due to your vocation, you need to make sure that it is fitted correctly for it to be effective. There should be no gaps, particularly at the chin or nose bridge. It should be difficult to breath in to work well, as it prevents airborne particles from being inhaled. If you have any troubles with this, make an appointment and we can give you a hand.
- The correct way to wear a surgical face mask is over both the nose and mouth, with the coloured portion facing outwards. The metal strip is for moulding to your nose-bridge and should be facing upwards. A 3-ply mask is best. Note the image from the Straits Times for a visual reference.
We would like to reassure you that stringent infection control measures are in place at the clinic. In line with government directives, none of our staff have travelled or will be travelling to Mainland China, Hongkong or Macau, and will refrain from coming into work if unwell.
I believe that if everyone plays their part by travelling responsibly, complying with quarantine orders and taking hygiene precautions, we can remain one step ahead of this new Coronavirus and prevent a mass community outbreak in our country. In the meantime, we must keep faith with our government institutions and remain united to tackle this outbreak successfully.
I have linked an article from the Straits Times which I found to be extremely informative; most of the questions I have been asked are addressed well in this article: https://www.
We will be getting back in touch should community spread become an issue in Singapore.
Kind regards and keep well,
Dr Victoria Lien
Senior Medical Officer
WL&H Medical Services