Monday, September 12, 2016

Raymond's letter to The New Paper: ZIKA VIRUS : Air updates during ad breaks? It’ll cause unnecessary alarm

My letter to The New Paper on the above matter is published today, Monday 12th September 2016.

In the letter “Air Zika updates on TV during ad breaks”, (The New Paper; Sept 5) reader Eunice Li Dan Yue suggested that the location of active clusters and the number of cases be constantly provided on the small screen. 

I do not agree as I believe this may cause alarm. 

It should be enough to have Zika updates broadcast during the news.

The authorities have advised Singaporeans to remain calm, and assured us that everything is being done to ensure the disease is under control.

People need to be educated on the prevention of infectious diseases, but we cannot live in fear all the time.

A few days ago, a feeder bus driver advised me not to travel to Aljunied and other areas with Zika clusters.

But I do not see any need to just stay at home and watch TV.

This is precisely why there must not be an overkill of the Zika virus updates.


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