New Discoveries, new threats


 

Daily Dose: New Discoveries, New Threats

Over the weekend, 2 new 'discoveries' were made.

The first is the reinfection of a Covid19 case in the dorm. This is said to be the first case in Singapore with experts warning that immunity wanes with time. This showed how important vaccination is. Dealing with Covid19 does not mean it will end with vaccination. It will probably be a prolonged 'battle' that we would have to deal with. That said, dorms remain a risk for future Covid19 cases.

The second is that some imported cases are tested positive AFTER their SHN when they are returning back to their own country. Both had positive serology test indicating past infection. This raises the possibility that the early Covid19 test has provided a false negative. Additionally, it also shows that past infection can still linger for a long time in the body undetected. This would be an issue for current procedures as well as future air travels.


1) 24 Covid19 Cases

  • 23 Imported 
  • 1 Community

The community case is deployed to work at Changi Airport Terminal 1 and 3. His job is to issue electronic devices to individuals serving SHN outside the dedicated facilities. Given that he had worn protection during his job and this is a present infection, there is a chance that he might be infected by the individuals he service.

The imported cases are as follows.

-  2 (Cases 60037 and 60041) are Singaporeans and 1 (Case 60031) is a Singapore Permanent Resident who returned from Canada, Ethiopia, India and the UAE.
-  6 (Cases 60024, 60035, 60045, 60047, 60048 and 60049) are Dependant's Pass holders who arrived from India, Spain, the UAE and US.
-  5 (Cases 60038, 60040, 60042, 60044 and 60046) are Work Pass holders who arrived from Spain and the UAE.
-  8 are Work Permit holders who arrived from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar and the Philippines, of whom 3 (Cases 60027, 60030 and 60036) are foreign domestic workers.
-  1 (Case 60032) is a Short-Term Visit Pass holder who arrived from India for studies in Singapore.

Source: MOH

https://www.moh.gov.sg/news-highlights/details/1-new-case-of-locally-transmitted-covid-19-infection-7Febupdated


2) First Case of likely Covid19 reinfection in Singapore. Experts say immunity wanes with time.

People who have recovered from Covid-19 can get reinfected with the virus, as immunity wanes with time, even if they will likely be protected for a time, experts say.

Having it once and recovering from it does not mean you are safe forever.

Source: ST

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/covid-19-reinfection-possible-as-immunity-wanes-with-time-experts


3) New CNY traditions beckon for some, as Singapore families adapt to Covid19

I would hesitate to call zoom meetings, wearing a mask while tossing yusheng silently and having only 8 visitors a day new traditions for CNY. That would imply we are going to do it for a long period of time and it is not something I would look forward to.

Source: Today

https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/no-malaysian-reunion-some-singaporeans-here-so-new-cny-traditions-beckon


4) Malaysia eases Covid19 restrictions for CNY reunion dinner, days after announcing curbs

They now allowed 15 family members from different households to dine together if they live within 10km of each other.

Looks like MCO is probably going to be extended after CNY with rules like this. 

Source: CNA

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/covid-19-malaysia-chinese-new-year-reunion-dinner-prayers-14132416






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