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Advisory on precautionary measures for seniors



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For Seniors

Good personal and environmental hygiene:

  • Wash hands with soap and water frequently.
  • Avoid touching your face, in particular your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Maintain good ventilation in your home.
  • Do not go out if you are feeling unwell, except to see a doctor. If you are unwell with fever or respiratory symptoms such as cough, sore throat or runny nose, put on a mask and seek medical attention from the nearest GP or Public Health Preparedness Clinic (PHPC) immediately, regardless of the severity of symptoms.


If going out:

  • Stay outdoors or in well-ventilated areas, rather than indoors.
  • Keep a safe distance from others.
  • Avoid mingling in large groups and crowded places.
  • Avoid sharing food and cutlery.


More home-based activities:

  • Engage in TV-based or online-based activities.
  • Explore tele-commuting possibilities with your employer (if applicable).
  • Explore having essential supplies, e.g. food, groceries and medication delivered to your doorstep if necessary. 
  • Reduce social gatherings at home or visiting others in groups.


For Family Members and Caregivers of Seniors

  • When visiting seniors or coming home to seniors, wash hands with soap and water.
  • Do not share food or cutlery with seniors.
  • Ensure that seniors’ homes are clean and well-ventilated.
  • If seniors have fever or respiratory symptoms, regardless of severity, bring them to seek immediate medical care at the nearest PHPC.
  • If you are unwell, refrain from interacting with seniors and seek medical care.
  • If you are returning from overseas, refrain from interacting with seniors for a 14-day period.


Sources: Ministry of Health. 


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