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Understanding The Wuhan Coronavirus & Tips to Help Protect You & Your Loved Ones

Updated: Apr 12, 2020

The situation surrounding the Wuhan Coronavirus is constantly evolving and it is important to stay updated through official government and news channels & practise good personal hygiene.

Click Here for the latest official news from Singapore's Ministry of Health.

What is the Wuhan Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to pneumonia. This group of viruses usually infect only animals but scientists have identified seven types of coronaviruses that affect humans.

Routes of transmission have yet to be definitively determined, but human-to-human transmission is confirmed. Preliminary data suggests that the incubation period is up to 14 days & typical symptoms include:

  • Fever

  • Runny Nose

  • Sore Throat

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath

The situation is evolving and many characteristics of the virus and how it may affect people are still unclear.

However, current information suggests that the Wuhan coronavirus has the potential to cause severe disease and death, especially among the elderly and those with underlying health problems or compromised immune systems.

Supportive treatment is provided based on the patient’s clinical condition and no specific treatment or anti-viral drug for the Wuhan coronavirus is currently available.

Here are some tips to help protect you & your loved ones from the Wuhan Coronavirus.


  • Avoid non-essential travel to Mainland China and defer all travel to Hubei Province.

  • If you’ve been travelling, monitor your health closely for two weeks upon return to Singapore and seek medical attention promptly if you feel unwell. You should inform your doctor of your travel history.

  • If you have a fever or respiratory symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath), you should wear a mask and call the clinic ahead of the visit.

  • Avoid going near live animals including poultry & birds or eating raw and undercooked meats when travelling overseas.

  • Avoid being in crowded places and around people who are unwell.


One of the most important things you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones is to adopt good personal hygiene practises. This helps limit the potential to spread germs from one person to another.

  • Avoid unnecessarily touching shared surfaces (if possible) while in public spaces or public transport

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap using the proper technique

  • Wear a mask if you have a cough or runny nose, people who are well do not need to wear a mask

  • Covering your mouth with a tissue paper when coughing or sneezing

  • Regularly clean and disinfect regularly touched surfaces in your environment such as mobile phones, remotes, light switches, door access panels, computer keyboard and mouse, desk phones & shared door handles.

Given the evolving situation and ongoing investigations the most important thing to do is to stay calm and vigilant, and remember to adopt good personal hygiene practices to limit the spread of germs to protect you and your loved ones.

For More Information Click Here for the latest official news from Singapore's Ministry of Health.