SINGAPORE: It has been about eight months since Dr Wong Choo Wai ended his volunteer stint taking care of COVID-19 patients at Singapore Expo, but the 50-year-old sometimes wakes up in panic, thinking that he has overslept and is late for work. The senior family physician is still reeling from his experience of working almost 24/7 from April to September last year - pulling 12-hour volunteering shifts at the community care facility, while also still running his two clinics and seeing his regular patients. Getting only three hours of sleep each day, Dr Wong said that there were days where he almost dozed off at work due to the mental and physical exhaustion. He recalled one particular night in early May last year when he and other volunteers saw patients coming into the facility up until around 4am the next morning. Usually, new cases would stop coming in by midnight. “The next day, we were all so zonked out because each one of us saw at least a few hundred patients for that ... » Learn More about The Big Read: Frontline healthcare workers pushed to limits by non-stop, never-ending COVID-19 fight
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SINGAPORE: It had been a tough year for Singapore. Then, as 2020 came to its close, it looked like the country could see a flicker of light at the end of the long COVID-19 tunnel with its transition on Dec 28 to Phase 3 of its reopening. And in the months that followed, the path to a post-pandemic normality looked to be fairly smooth, with community cases generally running to no more than a few a day. Plans for events which hadn't been possible for months started to gather pace. This was in spite of the pandemic continuing to rage worldwide, with a number of countries forced to introduce and then reintroduce measures to curb the spread of the raging virus. Singapore hadn't needed to. Then, very quickly, things changed. Clusters began to spring up, with one emerging at Tan Tock Seng Hospital - the first in a local hospital since the pandemic began. Community cases began to steadily increase. To tackle the spike, Singapore announced some tighter, targeted measures on May ... » Learn More about IN FOCUS: Tackling COVID-19 with targeted measures – the new normal for Singapore?
SINGAPORE: As Singapore experiences a rise in COVID-19 community cases, pandemic fatigue could be a concern as the country once again tightens its COVID-19 measures to address the spike in infections. On Sunday (May 16), Singapore confirmed 38 COVID-19 infections in the community - the highest number of community cases in more than a year - with 15 active COVID-19 clusters. Last week the Ministry of Health announced that Singapore would go into what it dubbed as "Phase 2 (Heightened Alert)" from May 16 through Jun 13, with gatherings restricted to groups of two and working from home becoming the default for workers here. All primary and secondary schools, as well as junior colleges and Millennia Institute also shifted to full home-based learning from May 19 , after several primary school students tested positive for COVID-19. As the situation in Singapore becomes more challenging almost a year after the country exited from its “circuit breaker” period, how might ... » Learn More about Guarding against pandemic fatigue in Singapore’s COVID-19 fight