Wear A Mask Or Go To Jail? – Interesting learning points from history

Most thoughts on this article is of my opinion and my personal wishes.

Points discussed may be ideas that helps you understand what to look out for also.

So if it helps, do share to someone you know too.

PS: If in doubt always refer to "Masking Up, How and When You should Do it by Gov.sg"

"Wear a mask or go to jail" ?

The Spanish flu was an unusually deadly influenza (not coronavirus) pandemic. The thumbnail image is supposedly in 1918 during the Spanish flu. Pretty extreme right?

The irony is we NOT HAVE SUPERIOR TECHNOLOGY AND MANUFACTURING yet we are possibly facing insufficient mask supply.

Source: Twitter COVID-19 Perspective

I have always looked at people who wear mask as protecting themselves. But now I thank them for protecting everyone near them also.

After all, COVID-19 is asymptomatic (no need symptoms) in spread. 

A case study (read here) of a family in Zhejiang province, China, shows how coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) can spread before symptoms of the disease emerge, and symptoms can vary widely even in a close family cluster.

The study detailed how SARS-CoV-2 spread from a presymptomatic carrier to infect 8 of 9 family members from 3 households after a 58-year-old woman (index 1) and 60-year-old man (index 2) attended a Chinese Spring Festival temple activity on January 19.

Are we willing to be a FULL MASK society?

The global medical community remains divided on how effective face mask are at preventing the spread of COVID-19.

The World Health Organization, for instance, recommends the wearing of protective face masks, though many experts are sceptical, claiming that while they might slightly prevent spread of the virus for people in close contact to one another, they are much less effective in stopping transmission outdoors.

But if opinions are divided, shouldn't we take the safe side?!?

Well, the main limitation may actually the mask quantity we have. We need to use mask prudently.

But if we can locally produce it in bulk (maybe ST ENGG or somebody?), we may change our stance from "Wear a mask only if you are unwell to everyone wear a mask"

In this video above, I've some sharing as to why mask shortage is not difficult to produce.

Shortage can ease.

TOP GLOBAL as a glove company is an interesting company that may benefit from hygiene needs too.

Case study of Czech Republic (Czechia) and Taiwan

The Czech Republic government has insisted that people must still wear face masks at all times in public.

It has even sparked a face-mask sewing frenzy in its local community.

Taiwan is another country with almost everyone on face mask.

It's COVID-19 active numbers are fantastic.

When you put a mask on, it's for your community. Because anyone can be an asymptomatic carrier.

Some other thoughts #1 Anti-viral Medicines Likelier Than Vaccines

Vaccines are NOT going to happen soon. 

Yup... this is the statement from an expert.

“Like most vaccinologists, I don’t think this vaccine will be ready before 18 months,” says Annelies Wilder-Smith, professor of emerging infectious diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. 

In general, vaccines are to build herd immunity.

At this exponential spread, we actually won't need 18 months to cross the entire population.

So don't put too much hope on vaccination.

SARS was also a coronavirus and humanity couldn’t develop a vaccination.

In a nutshell from my understanding, there were significant safety risk in the proposed vaccine.

From this research report,

"Additional safety concerns relate to effectiveness and safety against antigenic variants of SARS-CoV and for safety of vaccinated persons exposed to other coronaviruses, particularly those of the type 2 group.

Influenza is different. There are flu jabs readily available.

But in my opinion, a breakthrough anti-viral medication would be a very welcomed relief already.

Oseltamivir or tamiflu known in Singapore can shorten the recovery time for a patient with influenza.

Hopefully an anti-viral treatment can help us recover quicker when infected with COVID-19 and all allay those death fears.

Some other thoughts #2 Self swab COVID-19 tests

Bill gates mentioned that self-swab tests are as accurate as swabs done by medical professionals on PPE.

If you are keen to hear his comments watch, click here

By the way, COVID-19 swabbing is hard to do.

To improve test accuracy, It has to be stuck DEEP into your nose and it is of course uncomfortable.

But once we understand it and more are ready to DIY swabbing, we can really increase rapid testing!

And that is going to help identify positive cases early.

What about the stock markets and investments?

Above is the spanish flu chart vs DJIA index.

Many believed COVID-19 wouldn't hurt the bull market but ALAS... it did.

More than 30% decline in DJIA and S&P as of this time of writing...

If you are looking for answers on what to do in a market crash, I've this video sharing with you, that is NOT to sell when the markets crash.


COVID-19 is going to take a long time to be defeated.

Things are developing rapidly in the medical field and also in the investment sentiment.

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If you are keen the investment front on what to do during this crisis, this is an article on bear markets.

It has sharing on my experience during global financial crisis.

Josh Tan Jian Liang (CHFC) Principal Author

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