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What if I test positive for Covid-19 but feel well, and when can we stop wearing masks?

Mask-wearing will likely be one of the last measures to go, even as Singapore lives with Covid-19 as an endemic disease.

Since the multi-ministerial task team handling Covid-19 announced additional steps, numerous doubts and questions has arise about healthcare procedures and vaccine-differentiated actions.

Here are some solutions to questions you may have: Q: Can an unvaccinated individual go to shopping center eateries to get take-out food?

A: While it is uncertain if you may buy take-out food from a mall, you can surely do so from coffee shops and hawker centres. Alternatively, if you have the means, you might have meals delivered to your home. Q: Do Covid-19-positive patients with no symptoms count toward the daily case count?

A: Yes, if their polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test resulted in a positive result.


Q: Will I be obligated to notify the Ministry of Health under the new procedures if I feel OK yet test positive for Covid-19 using an antigen quick test?

A: No, social responsibility is becoming increasingly essential as Singapore strives to become a Covid-resilient society. Self-isolate for 72 hours and notify your close contacts so that they may test and monitor your health.


If your test results are negative after three days, you can continue your normal activities.


If you continue to test positive, you should test yourself every day until you get a negative result. If you are a known close contact of a Covid-19 case and did not get a health risk notice, test yourself with an ART kit and keep a seven-day health record.


Q: When is the earliest I can receive a booster shot, and which vaccination should I get?

A: If you are 30 or older, you can have your booster shot six months after receiving your second dose of the vaccination.


So, if you had your second dosage in June, you will be eligible for the booster shot in December, six months later.


If you've had an mRNA shot - either the Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty or Moderna vaccination - you can have either vaccine as a booster since the Expert Committee for Covid-19 Vaccination has recommended that the two vaccines be considered as equal for the booster approach.


Q: As Singapore transitions to a new normal, when will the mask-wearing regulation be lifted?

A: Even though Singapore has Covid-19 as an endemic illness, mask-wearing will most likely be one of the last measures to be phased out. Even if obligatory mask use were to be phased away, it would most likely be for safer outside areas like as parks.


However, infectious disease specialists have stated that mask use should not be reduced until the impact on the healthcare system is determined to be negligible.


Q: Can a foreigner who has been vaccinated visit malls and dine at hawker centers?

A: Of course. To enter Singapore via the Vaccinated Travel Lane, a vaccinated foreigner must have a vaccination certificate that can be digitally confirmed.


After receiving the entire regimen of Pfizer, Moderna, or other World Health Organization Emergency Use Listing vaccinations, a person is deemed fully immunized 14 days later.


Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine, Sinopharm's BBIBP-CorV vaccine, Sinovac, and the Serum Institute of India's Covishield vaccine are among them.



Reference: https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/askst-what-if-i-test-positive-but-feel-well-and-when-can-we-stop-wearing-masks



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