This COVID-19 pandemic is a test of our resilience, tenacity, and patience. The whole world economy is affected by this pandemic. Our economy is not spared as well.
Since the opening of Phase 2 of our Circuit Breaker in Singapore, many Singaporeans were seen out and about all shopping malls, shops, and restaurants across the country.
Crowds of people can be seen queuing for food at their favorite restaurants and shopping malls. This is a welcome sight for the businesses and the economy as of now.
When I take a closer look at the behavior of people at the queues or the shopping malls, I began to worry.
I fear that we may be taking this pandemic too lightly. While many people are rejoicing over Phase 2 now and looking forward to the opening of Phase 3. I began to worry more and more.
Maybe I am just paranoid as paranoia is in my DNA for those who know me. I always believe that prevention is better than cure and safety should always come first when you are dealing with things unknown. These are 2 of my life’s instructions. What if my paranoia is right?
It is good that we are wearing a mask whenever we are out of our house. It shows our obedience to the laws of Singapore. However, on the ground, I see a different picture.
I see we do not practice our safety protocol – like safe distancing in the queues, and crowd controls in malls, restaurants, and shops as much. While we have Self-Distancing Ambassadors walking the ground, but they can only do this much. They cannot be everywhere all over the island warning people to keep their safe distance from one another. We need to play our part.
We have seen other countries reopened and closed again because of spikes in their infection rates after they opened up.
Will we suffer the same fate?
I believe, the answer to this question lies in each one of us. If we continue to slack in our approach to this virus, if we continue to ignore safety protocol, then I think Wave 2 for us is highly probable. It is just a question of time.
In a nutshell, it is our responsibility, NOT the virus that determines if we are going to have Wave 2. Also, to think that the virus will go away by itself is a joke. I think it is here to stay for good or at least for a little while longer.
Statistically, when Wave 2 happens, it will be many times more serious and damaging economically than what we have experienced so far. Can we afford it? I doubt so.
Small Population, Obedient Lot
Our population is relatively small, and we are relatively obedient citizens to the laws of Singapore. As such, I feel our chance of getting over this COVID-19 issue is much higher than any country in the region. We have some of the best medical facilities, medical professionals, and great government leadership. However, despite all these advantages, we must not be complacent.
Instead, we must be more vigilant, cooperative, and socially responsible than ever. Without these 3 ingredients, I feel we will jeopardize the good works that our front-line workers and leaders have done for us so far.
We need to play our part. Period.
Like I always say, “We must play our part well, and only then will we get a nice piece of the symphony.”
So, let us play our part in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic together as one united people. Practice self-distancing, avoid crowds, stay at home as much as possible, eat at home as much as possible. Wear a mask whenever you are out of your house even for a short while. Avoid touching surfaces when out. Avoid touching your face, eyes, and mouth with unwashed hands. Wash your hands as frequently as possible. Use a hand sanitizer if the water is not available outside, etc.
Together, We Can overcome this crisis. We Will emerge stronger. Watch Us.
In the meantime, stay safe and stay healthy. Wait for the vaccine to be developed.
Founder & CEO, ALGOINSIGHTS PTE LTD