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Coronavirus: Making sense of data for practical decisions

People wearing face masks at Changi Airport on Wednesday. The author says there are many misconceptions regarding the virulence of the coronavirus, exacerbated by the online spread of misinformation.
People wearing face masks at Changi Airport on Wednesday. The author says there are many misconceptions regarding the virulence of the coronavirus, exacerbated by the online spread of misinformation.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

The Singapore Government recently raised the alert level to Dorscon (Disease Outbreak Response System Condition) orange in view of the emergence of recent coronavirus cases with no known links to any previous cases or clusters, and the possibility of wider spread in the community.

I laud this decision as appropriate because we do not have an entirely clear picture of what is going on.

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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: Making sense of data for practical decisions '. Subscribe