Coronavirus: Resilience, selflessness will win this war, not hoarding

Wear a mask or not? If you grapple with this issue daily, pause a moment to think of all the healthcare workers who are now on the front line battling the coronavirus.

Even as you worry for your health, these selfless workers cast aside theirs first to care for those who are sick. For them, it is no longer just a chance encounter of touching a handrail that is coated with nasal droplets or being coughed at. Their patients have the coronavirus, and yet they have to be in close contact with them to make sure they get well.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 15, 2020, with the headline 'Coronavirus: Resilience, selflessness will win this war, not hoarding'. Subscribe