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.