Five lessons from fighting Covid-19

It's a long-haul fight. Go about life normally, but not complacently

One month after Singapore upgraded its coronavirus alert level to Dorscon Orange, the disease has since hurtled on to wreak havoc in other countries in Asia, Europe and North America.

Singapore was briefly the country with the second most infections and its early exposure to the disease led it up the steep learning curve ahead of others. The brutal experience with Sars - severe acute respiratory syndrome - in 2003 has prepared Singapore well for the coronavirus, and it has since drawn praise from the World Health Organisation and international experts for its effective containment measures.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 19, 2020, with the headline 'Five lessons from fighting Covid-19'. Print Edition | Subscribe