Our favourite ex-Nominated Member of Parliament shared a post on his thoughts about the endemic, highlighting the behaviour of Singaporeans. If you haven’t read it yet, just a heads up that it may not be the most polite post, but it’s probably one of the most honest ones we’ve seen on Facebook.
What Calvin Cheng shared is important. Since some may take offence to the way the message was crafted, here’s a detailed and hopefully a gentler way to explain what Mr Cheng posted.
On Singaporeans’ reactions to self-regulation
Look, most of us are already vaccinated. Even if you’ve only taken 1 out of 2 of your vaccine shots, you’d already get some form of protection from the virus. 23rd September’s Gov.SG message reads: “Over the last 28 days, of the infected individuals, 97.9% have mild or no symptoms, 1.8% requires oxygen supplementation, 0.2% requires ICU care, and 0.1% has died.”.
And in the case you get a mild infection with the virus even after being vaccinated, experts are now saying that it may prove to be the best protection against future Covid-19 variants.
It’s pretty obvious here that most of us, especially if you’re young and healthy with no pre-existing medical conditions, you’ll be FINE. Which makes MOH’s latest directive the most sensible one – that some fully-vaccinated Singaporeans with mild or no symptoms isolate and recover at home, after spending a few days in a medical facility. This is of course, given that the patients have “suitable home settings” which prevent any form of interaction with other fully-vaccinated members in the household.
While the risks are still there, we’re most definitely in a much better place than we were a year ago. A year ago, NONE of us were vaccinated, and the world had no semblance of any vaccine of any sorts. Hospitals were overwhelmed, and we saw people all around the world struggle to just receive any form of treatment.
There’s no reason to panic at all, especially if that means overwhelming our hospitals and healthcare workers.
On Singaporeans’ ironic behaviour
With 82% of our population fully vaccinated, it may seem like most Singaporeans are starting to get complacent.
Malls, cafes, coffee shops, parks, restaurants, and recreational spots have been filling up. Which is strange and shows a huge discrepancy between the panic displayed by Singaporeans when they (surprise surprise!) test positive for Covid-19. And their attitudes towards staying home or even safe management measures implemented by the government for the sole purpose of keeping transmissions under control.
If the idea of being infected with Covid-19 scares you, then stay. at. home. There’s literally no need to head down to Planet Yishun to queue with 129038019283 other Singaporeans for wanton mee. GrabFood has many many other wanton mee places you can order from.
On the reason why we cannot for the love of god move towards an endemic phase
Why? It’s simple. Singaporeans still don’t know how to behave. It’s easy to point fingers at the government and blame the multi-ministry taskforce, and complain on Facebook posts.
But to stay at home over the weekends instead of going to Singapore Pools to queue up and buy TOTO? Very hard. (Please just download the app which allows you to buy from the comfort of your home, huat ah!) As long as we continue with a sense of complacency and complete disregard for the recommendations put in place from the government, we may very well remain in this limbo of tightening and easing of safe management measures.
Also, what did you expect? If we all continue to live life as though we’re past the pandemic, cases will not ease and will continue to be on the rise. And if you think the government will just throw its hands up and say, whatever lah you all ownself check ownself, then you might have been living in another country. If we don’t behave ourselves without rules, the government’s job is to put laws and rules in place for the general safety of Singaporeans. Duh.
At this point, if you want to gaigai every weekend and *touch wood* get infected with Covid-19….
Then maybe you deserve it lor.
So if you want to ensure the safety of all the unvaccinated children in Singapore, and the vulnerable elderly, then stay at home. The narrative has not changed one bit. Staying at home is still the best way to prevent a widespread of the virus.
You’re tired of this pandemic, we are all tired of this pandemic. But the only way we will ever be done with this is if we all keep calm and be responsible for not just ourselves but also our family.