WEDNESDAY, MAR. 11, 2020
Clear skies today but rain is forecasted for tomorrow.
The plum blossoms in the neighborhood have begun to fade. A
flock of newly feathered chicks flitted among the budding trees.
The number of confirmed cases has dropped to 14. Yesterday the
city held a ceremony for hundreds of people to celebrate the closure of
some of the temporary hospitals. Some local units also held meetings with
more than 100 people. Is this a sign that the panic has dissipated and that
the day of lifting the closure is not far away?
The number of people going back to Wuhan through online
applications is gradually increasing. There are rumors that city buses will
be on service again. Some people think that the government will lift the
closure of the residential areas in steps. Still, others feel that it is unfair,
either all or none; otherwise, the areas that are not open will definitely
cause trouble, and the government will not solve it. We often have
arguments about government affairs here because both sides of the
debate are on the government's side and the leaders, so no matter how
heated the debate is, it is only an internal conflict among the people.
Patients who were discharged from the hospital and returned home
also needed to have their nucleic acid tested again which was done under
the escort and supervision of community center members. Five or six
people in isolation suits surrounded the residents while they waited for
the test, probably because they were afraid, they would run away. Mutual
respect between people is still a luxury in our area. That is not difficult
for us to understand because we have always been like this.
A person from the property came to ask if they could buy bananas.
A couple of elderly residents especially wanted to eat them, and they
didn't have any vegetables at home. So today, the community distributed
vegetables to all the districts, but the elderly couple did not get them for
I learned from the Internet that Singapore had done a very
successful job in controlling the New Coronary Pneumonia. People did
not panic, even a few people wore masks, but they controlled the
outbreak. Most of the people in Singapore are Chinese, the same
pandemic, but the result is entirely different.
Putting aside political and institutional factors, and looking at the
technical aspects alone, I think Singapore's success stems from the
government's adoption of a detached approach, which enabled the
government and citizens to take real scientific precautions based on
mutual trust and effectively control the pandemic. In contrast, our system
of blocking information, suppressing public opinion, and then taking
measures to seal off and isolate the pandemic when it got out of hand
eventually led to an effect like crowding and stampeding. As a result, the
government broke faith with the people. In the growing panic, people
flocked to hospitals to compete for beds regardless of whether they were
suffering from the Covid-19 virus, leaving a large number of genuine
Covid-19 patients untreated and infecting others in their families and
neighbors, and eventually trapped in a vicious cycle.
Of course, the more to ponder is why the same Chinese people have
chosen two very different strategies and approaches to the outbreak. That
is even more important and sensitive. The only way to avoid repeating
the same mistake is to face it squarely, which I think is our responsibility.