Coronavirus: Front-line Fighters

Coronavirus: More prepared, less fearful now than during Sars

The measures taken here are based on experience and data from previous viral outbreaks which have been effective, says Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, chief health scientist at the Ministry of Health.
The measures taken here are based on experience and data from previous viral outbreaks which have been effective, says Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, chief health scientist at the Ministry of Health.ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

The chief health scientist at the Ministry of Health (MOH), Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, sheds light on the measures Singapore has in place to fight the corona-virus outbreak.

A We really need to look for more data. Infections that spread mainly by airborne transmission tend to be more infectious than what we see now - it would be conditions like chicken pox.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on February 16, 2020, with the headline 'More prepared, less fearful now than during Sars'. Print Edition | Subscribe