Coronavirus outbreak

Why staying home when sick can help save lives

Going out when ill risks infecting your friends and contacts - and if infections rise sharply, more people will die. Here's why.

Covid-19 has just been declared a global pandemic, with more than 4,700 deaths out of over 127,000 people infected. As it rages across the world, Singaporeans have been wondering how long the Republic can be spared the scourge of deaths from this coronavirus.

As of yesterday, 187 people in Singapore have been infected, though 96 have recovered and been discharged. Nine are in intensive care. There are no casualties for now, but as health leaders have said, it is a matter of time before there is one.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 13, 2020, with the headline 'Why staying home when sick can help save lives'. Subscribe