07 Mar 2024

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Transmission of the virus occurs primarily through the respiratory droplets of infected people.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. While some people may not experience any symptoms at all, others may experience Acute Respiratory Infection (ARI) symptoms such as fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, loss of taste or smell.

What should I do if I suspect that I have COVID-19, e.g., have acute respiratory infection (ARI) symptoms such as cough, runny nose, fever, or sore throat)?”

Medically vulnerable persons (i.e. seniors and those with chronic medical conditions) that have ARI symptoms, as well as persons with severe, prolonged or worsening ARI symptoms, should see a doctor. The updated advisory for persons who are at increased risk of severe COVID-19 can be found at this link.   

Persons with mild ARI symptoms should stay at home until symptoms resolve.

If you test positive with an ART test, you should regard yourself as being infected with COVID-19.

Avoid close contact with others while still symptomatic. You may return to normal activities when your symptoms resolve.

If you have a need to go out while symptomatic, please exercise social responsibility to avoid infecting others – wear a mask, minimise your social interactions and avoid crowded places, do not visit vulnerable settings such as hospitals and nursing homes, and avoid contact with vulnerable persons, such as the elderly.

If you are unable to avoid contact with vulnerable persons despite being symptomatic (e.g., due to essential work or caregiving responsibilities), do take additional necessary precautions (e.g., wearing a mask, practice good hand hygiene) when interacting with them, until you test negative. 

How do I protect myself against COVID-19?

Vaccination remains our first line of defence against COVID-19. Our high vaccination rates have been pivotal to enable us to weather successive waves of COVID-19 infections, build up our societal resilience, protect our healthcare system, and arrive at the endemic COVID-19 norm today. The latest vaccination guidelines can be found at this link.

Do I need to wear a mask?

While no longer required under the temporary COVID-19 regulations, the MOH will retain the practice of mask-wearing for visitors, staff and patients in healthcare and residential care settings, where there is interaction with patients and in indoor patient-facing areas. 

You are encouraged to wear a mask outside your home especially if you are elderly or immuno-compromised, in crowded places, when visiting or interacting with vulnerable persons, or while you are unwell with symptoms of COVID-19 or other respiratory infections.

Travel Advisory

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Latest Travel Advisory (as of 13 Feb 2023)

All travellers are advised to check the entry requirements imposed by the countries/regions they intend to travel to. When overseas, all travellers should take all necessary precautions, observe good personal hygiene, monitor local developments, and heed the advice of local authorities.

Travellers who experience symptoms of respiratory infection and/or test COVID-19 positive are advised to defer their travels and recover at place of accommodation.

All travellers should ensure that they receive their vaccinations and boosters. Please refer to this page for the vaccinations and boosters that they are recommended to receive and how they can arrange to do so. While travelling, they should take additional precautions based on their personal circumstances, even if not required by local regulations (e.g. avoiding crowded locations and wearing a mask).

All travellers will be subject to the prevailing border measures upon entry to Singapore, and are responsible for all associated costs where applicable. While there are no longer any COVID-19 border measures, the Vaccinated Travel Framework remains in place for reactivation in the event of any international developments of concern. There may also be other administrative or health requirements for entry into Singapore, such as yellow fever vaccination. Travellers are advised  to check the ICA website for the latest border measures before entering Singapore.