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Coronavirus and Its Impact: Local Responses

The Singapore Government is among those lauded worldwide for its pandemic action, but people are aware this is no time to be complacent. More than three in four Singaporeans (78%) are fully expecting a second wave of the infection in Singapore in the months ahead.

The Government has been pressing people to use its Public Health Preparedness Clinics (PHPCs) as a first line of reporting and for medical assistance in this crisis and to avoid Hospitals initially. Although two in three Singaporeans (67%) are now aware of PHPCs, this drops to 46% amongst those under 25 years of age. This indicates more may need to be done via social channels to keep the young better informed.

Over six in ten Singaporeans (61%) are aware that PHPCs are the place they should go if they have flu-like symptoms and 58% know that treatments and consultations here are well subsidised for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents.

How do Singaporeans react to getting COVID-19? On getting flu-like symptoms, a third (33%) say they will stay at home and monitor the situation for a day or two while 31% say they would immediately go to a GP or polyclinic. Only 11% say their first stop would be to go to a hospital while 24% would go direct to a PHPC in accordance with government advice.

Men, at 15%, are almost twice as likely to make a hospital their first stop if they suspect infection, than women (8%). 15-24-year-olds, with the lowest level of awareness of PHPCs, are least likely to attend, with only 7% saying they would do so.