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The 5Cs of beating the coronavirus outbreak

Practise being calm, cautious, considerate, caring and collectivistic. And use these tools to build up arsenal of psychological defence against the virus threat.

While we may be in a situation that is volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous, it does not mean we have to be paralysed by it, says the author. ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG
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For a few weeks now, Singapore's news headlines have been dominated practically daily by case updates and control measures related to the coronavirus disease, now officially known as Covid-19.

To tackle public fear and anxiety, our political leaders promptly release information affecting public health and emphasise that health advisories and decisions on control measures are evidence-based. They reassure the public that there is adequate medical and food supplies.

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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 The 5Cs of beating the coronavirus outbreak. Subscribe