Sunday, July 5, 2009

No More Travel Advisories for H1N1

Last Friday night, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said it would no longer issue travel advisories to Singaporeans with regards to the H1N1 virus. It said such advisories had become less useful, as the risk of catching H1N1, whether in an affected country or in Singapore, is about equal.

Eventually, MOH will also drop the list of countries with confirmed victims, and those that have exported cases to Singapore, as more countries have stopped reporting confirmed cases. For now, however, it will retain the list on its website.

I was waiting for this statement for a long time. Reason is very simple. As of now, of the 934 cases investigated so far, 58% are local cases. What is the use of issuing travel advisories when the probability of getting hit by H1N1 in Singapore is no different if I travel elsewhere? The virus so far has been pretty mild (that doesn't mean we should let down our guard), and there are some instances where people recover without medical treatment.

The fight against H1N1 boils down to personal hygiene, and health. If your health is good, the probability of getting hit by a virus lessens. Go out for fresh air, exercise, have enough rest, and note what you eat. If you are sick, spare a thought for others and take the necessary precautions not to spread the germs around.

Healthy lifestyle = Healthy living

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