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专家警告称,在新加坡重新开放的第二阶段,民众不要进行过度的交际活动

Jun 23, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
鉴于在其他放宽封锁措施的国家出现了第二波Covid-19感染的疫情,专家们对人们自上周五以来的出行方式表示担忧,因为他们表现得好像ovid-19疫情仿佛已经结束一般。

在接受《海峡时报》采访时,专家强调说,人们“打成一片”肯定还是不安全的。

很多人认为,此次疫情爆发的地点主要发生在外籍劳工宿舍,而社区内的外籍劳工数量非常少,因此他们认为自己几乎没有危险,尤其是他们在外出时仍然继续保持戴口罩的前提下。

在人群中感染病毒的风险更高。虽然人们希望在某种程度上恢复正常生活是可以理解的,但现实情况是,当人们混在人群中时,感染病毒的风险要高得多。

专家还强调,戴口罩并不意味着人们可以免受冠状病毒的感染。

口罩可以减少感染者传播的病毒量,但不能阻止病毒被吸入,因为病毒很小,可以穿过多孔口罩,比如大多数人戴的织物口罩。

现今,社区的情况反映了2月份(在劳工宿舍病例爆炸之前)发生的状况,当时由人们聚集在一起,比如在Safra Jurong,大群人吃完晚饭后聚在一起,从而导致少数病例感染了更多的人群。

张教授此前曾警告称,尽管政府当局表示人们可以五人为一个群体进行见面,但这并不意味着“他们可以利用这一机会,开始与多个不同的群体见面”,因为这样做显然会增加被感染病毒的风险。

Cook教授表示:“如果医疗体系无法应对需要进行重症监护的病人数量,那么疫情的死亡人数可能会急剧飙升。”他补充称,这种病毒的风险也会蔓延到感染者的家人和朋友。

在接下来的几天和几周内,即在在新加坡重新开放的第二阶段,人们的行为将决定所允许进行的更大范围的行动自由是会继续放宽下去,还是会被削减,以防止新病例和死亡人数的大幅上升。

S'pore firm develops first Omicron-specific testing kit

Dec 06, 2021 | 🚀 Fathership
Home-grown biotechnology firm BioAcumen Global has launched Singapore's first Omicron-specific Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) kit.

This means that a person taking the test will receive one of three results: Covid-19 positive and Omicron positive; Covid-19 positive and Omicron negative; or Covid-19 and Omicron negative.

Currently, PCR kits here that are capable of detecting Omicron require an additional gene sequencing step to confirm the specific variant. This takes an additional day.

Some PCR kits, such as those currently in use by medical technology firm Acumen Diagnostics and biotech firm MiRXES, are able to detect both the Delta and the Omicron strains, but to confirm if a positive case has been infected by Omicron, gene sequencing is necessary.

Mr Jimmy Toh, director of BioAcumen Global, said: "We are looking at ways to cut down the steps and time needed to run this test. This is crucial, especially at the borders where accurate tests need to be done on-site. There is no time to wait on sequencing results to know if a positive sample is infected with Omicron."

Mass production of the kit has begun, and the BioAcumen Global team hopes this kit will provide much needed help locally and in the region for the surveillance and control of this new variant, Mr Toh said.