Dr Wong Nan Soon presenting on ‘Role of Platinum Agents in Triple Negative Breast Cancer’ during the summit, and Dr Peter Ang co-chairing a panel discussion on breast cancer.
Advisory on COVID-19 Coronavirus Outbreak
The COVID-19 coronavirus infection is a global issue and the situation is rapidly evolving. Since the onset of the COVID-19 virus outbreak, the Singapore government has acted swiftly and taken decisive steps in stemming the spread of the infection. They are sparing no efforts in implementing a comprehensive array of precautionary measures to detect, contain and prevent the transmission of the COVID-19 virus. The latest measure implemented is the refusal of entry to all visitors (regardless of nationality) who have been to mainland China in last 14 days. All returning residents with recent travel history in mainland China will be quarantined for 14 days from the day of their return from China. The current situation in Singapore is calm, well managed and under control.
At OncoCare Cancer Centre, we are also monitoring the COVID-19 virus outbreak situation closely and taking guidance from the Ministry of Health. We are committed to taking care of our cancer patients during this outbreak. With our team of multiple oncologists in different hospital locations, we are able to function for our patients
In line with national policy, we are conducting mandatory daily temperature checks on all OncoCare staff and also on all patients and visitors entering the clinics and hospital premises. In addition, we have increased the frequency of disinfection at all our clinics. Hand sanitizers are also readily available in all our clinics. Please rest assured that that the safety and well-being of our patients and staff are our top priority.
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Update on 17 Feb 2020
Information on the COVID-19 virus
While much remains to be known about the COVID-19 virus (2019-nCoV), emerging scientific studies are shedding light on the viral infectivity and transmission. In general, coronaviruses belong to a group of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to pneumonia. Primarily infecting animals usually, some coronaviruses have been known to affect humans. These caused the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003 and Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers-CoV) in 2012.
The current outbreak of COVID-19 virus started with reports in December 2019 in Wuhan, Hubei province, China. It spread rapidly and internationally. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the COVID-19 virus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).
Although the routes of transmission are yet to be definitely determined, there has been human to human transmission reported in several countries. The incubation period for the virus may be up to 14 days. Observing good personal hygiene is important in preventing transmission of the virus. Persons with fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat or shortness of breath should put on a mask. They should seek medical attention and inform the doctor of any travel history. Handwashing and not touching one’s face are important in preventing the spread of the virus.