How Singapore Fights Coronavirus.

This is an urgent extra video I decided to do for my mom. She's getting worried because I live in Asia - and Coronavirus is spreading here. I don't think she needs to worry. Here is why. Thank you to the millions of people working everyday to contain this virus. We just make the videos - you all save our lives.

Posted by Nas Daily on Tuesday, February 11, 2020

2020 has gotten off to a shaky start from the ravaging Australian bushfires, volcano eruptions, political shake-ups, regional conflicts and most recently, a novel coronavirus that has plagued the globe. We bet this was not how many of us expected to welcome a brand new decade. 

It all started with a pneumonia of unknown cause detected in Wuhan, China in December 2019. Today, there are over 110,000 cases of and there have been over 4,000 deaths worldwide — and this outbreak has shown no signs of stopping just yet. From mainland China, COVID-19 has spread to South Korea, Singapore, Japan, Australia, Northern Italy — where 16 million people are currently on lockdown — and many other cities.

Different countries are responding to the coronavirus differently but there are common elements implicated: tourism, jobs, the economy, and people-centric issues. While the world is laser-focused on the medicine world and how research is accelerating vaccine solutions, there are macro issues which cannot be ignored. Racism. Harassment. Xenophobia. Fear. These are all deep-seated problems that have probably shared more screen time than the combat of COVID-19 itself. Let’s take a minute to just review some of the inherent lessons that we can learn from this outbreak.

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Dangers of the Herd Mentality

We’re sure you’ve seen screenshots of people hoarding (or even fighting, in some cases) boxes of toilet roll, instant noodles, rice and other basic necessities. At first it was amusing, but after a while it became apparent that misplaced fear is a problem. These panic pantries happen because of the herd mentality — a behavior in which people act the same way as the people around them as they are largely influenced by emotions. To put it simply, like how sheep would just blindly follow its flock.

It’s proven that a natural desire to be part of the ‘in crowd’ can impede our ability to make the right choices. It literally can bring out the worst in people. While people continue to stockpile emergency supplies, others are unfortunately deprived. It is disheartening that selfishness and greed reign supreme during trying times like now, when people should be united instead of divided.

Share facts, not fear

After news broke that the source of COVID-19 is from Wuhan, China, the next wave of racism and xenophobia began. Xenophobia is a big word but it translates to a strong dislike against someone from another country. Anti-Chinese sentiments were expressed and people started to target how the Chinese had “gross” eating habits and how China is seen as the “breeding grounds” for diseases. Instead of spreading data and facts about the coronavirus, fear became viral. Whatsapp group chats, news headlines, Instagram stories — all these platforms allow fear to propagate whilst hurting individuals who may not even be at fault.

Through this pandemic, we’ve learnt that it’s important not to forsake love even in fear. It’s always easy to point fingers but the challenge is to always be empathetic. In a world where it’s easy to be negative, it doesn’t hurt to show more compassion, more kindness and more peace.

Stop the blame game

Speaking of pointing fingers, the coronavirus has caused panic amongst many resulting in impulsive actions. With fake news and inaccurate reports, people start to blame frontline healthcare workers, the paramedics and even the government. Others who are trapped such as those on cruise ships are even suing the cruise company. Some might perceive this to be manipulative while others feel that it’s well-deserved.

Whatever the reason may be, we honestly feel that the root of the problem boils down to the blame game. Instead of working together collectively to find solutions to problems, people take the easy way out and pacify themselves by blaming others. We felt that it’s important to learn that the blame game leads to nothing good, and possibly even greater damage. It’s devastating to see how reckless people can be when panic and fear grips.

Always have Plan B

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In such a fluid time, the coronavirus has resulted in an avalanche of other problems such as turbulent stock markets, sharp drop in oil prices, disruption of concerts and conferences, retrenchment and tourism greatly affected. Countless flights have been cancelled, companies are downsizing and for those without any back-up plans, the coronavirus is going to hit hard.

We’ve learnt that in such a time of crisis, it reminds us to always have Plan B because life in itself is unpredictable. Things will not always go the way we want it to and it always pays to be adaptable. As frustrating as it can be, the coronavirus teaches us to be resilient in the face of adversity and to be patient. It’s easy to succumb to our worries and let it rule our thoughts, but it takes greater strength to understand the matter at hand and deal with the consequences responsibly. 

There’s so much to learn from the COVID-19 outbreak, but we feel that the most important lessons are centred around people. Even though the coronavirus continues to spread, racism, fear and harassment is spreading even faster — and that’s alarming. Knowledge and transparency is key to curb the growing fears but most importantly, it boils down to people’s perspectives and mindsets. 

While some may view COVID-19 to be a curse, it serves as an extraordinary chance to improve our healthcare facilities, our political stance, our personal plans, and our general outlook. If COVID-19 can’t unite us, is there anything that can?

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