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We know how to stop the coronavirus as a significant health threat. STOP IT, not stretch it out. We know how to stop it COLD.

We know how to stop it, without risking the economy, or our social and cultural structures. We can stop it, without generating fear and panic. We can stop it, without putting tens of millions of people out of work, ruining businesses and livelihoods. We can do it, without increasing depression, despair and suicide.

We know how to do this, because its being done, right now, in real time. The Asian countries have very effective measures in place to stop epidemics.  They have to – with most of the world’s mega-cities there, they have to know what to do.

They followed a very simple practice:  SHUT DOWN THE DISEASE, NOT THE PEOPLE.  Singapore has the “flattest curve” of any urbanized society in the world… WITHOUT mandatory “lockdowns” or shutting down their economy!  

Do you want to know how Singapore, South Korea and the other Asian giants are doing it? CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO: The Singapore Solution.

When you look at the video, I want you to notice how HAPPY everyone looks! The school children, singing corona virus songs and demonstrating good hand washing. The health workers doing door-to-door delivery of free face masks to the elderly. Their ingenious scheme for keeping sick people OUT of the hospitals, reserving them for the seriously ill. The shop keeper, happily greeting all of his workers every morning… by taking their temperature.

In Singapore today, they have a health security force of thousands, finding and quarantining everyone positive for the virus, then interviewing every person they’ve been in contact with. This is while all of their services are still up and running. NO LOCKDOWN. The Singaporeans believe, and I agree with them, that shutting down social spaces will have the opposite effect – the virus will last longer, and be more destructive.  (And the suicide rate will go UP.)

Let me know your thoughts in the Comments section below…

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  • William Munk

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    April 7, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    Well, this is certainly an eye opening report. The first comment which struck me is that Singapore has been ‘preparing for years’ for just such a pandemic and they even have a ‘purpose built hospital’ to meet the demand of increased number of contagious patients.

    The narrator cites the self-discipline and cooperation of the population, who mostly willingly follow guidelines set forth by the authorities. He also notes that it is basically a surveillance state with one party rule which enjoys a high level of trust by the people.

    The story notes the lack of free media and a lack of diversity of voices, a lack of debate about domestic politics and the government’s control of flow of information. One wonders if in America such a way of life could be achieved, if even desired. It’s possible that if the covid19 pandemic destroys America’s current underlying assumptions and beliefs, a fundamental change can be brought about.

  • Florian Becquereau

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    April 8, 2020 at 8:20 am

    The video was very interesting. And mostly hopeful. According to the end of the video and to recent news, they are now in a lockdown though.

    The point remains that they are handling the situation much better than western Europe and the US. They are actively monitoring and taking necessary measures, while doing their best to maintain social happiness, for lack of better word.

    To me the most interesting insight from the video, is the difference in CULTURE.
    The culture in Singapore is different than the culture in the US. Their government seems less democratic, at least compared to the Westerners’ idea of what democracy should look like, but they have higher societal cohesion.
    Not much difference in access to technology or information, but a different way to work together.

    I hope it can remind us that different cultures produce different results, and that if our culture does not produce the results we need and want, then we might need to change our culture. Or at least to make it evolve toward a healthy one. Thank you!

  • suzanne

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    April 9, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    Dear Dr Abdullah and Commonway Community

    Thank you for sharing this insightful interview! I concur with other commenters that the difference in CULTURE is extremely evident. The idea of preparing in advance for something which we know is coming is somewhat foreign to many, especially those who have never experienced a significant hardship from a situation that was not in their control. It is my hope and belief that we can use this situation as an opportunity to consciously move toward a kinder, gentler, more sustainable world that works for all.

  • Colin A Romero

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    April 11, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    It is clear that Singapore health system was well prepared and there was the ability to test early and isolate those who were infected or exposed.
    The US health system was not prepared and we did not even have the capacity to test widely. Consequently we had a huge number of cases before there was any response.
    Once the infection is widespread you can not simply use the Singapore solution. Social separation is critical until the virus is less prevalent and then you can use similar strategies. This is what happened in China.

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