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News reports on COVID-19

Keep up to date with news reports on COVID-19

 

November

17 November 2020

Will COVID-19 create a ‘lost generation’ in Asia? Professor Jean Yeung, founding director of the Centre for Family and Population Research at NUS, said, "The longer the current crisis lasts, the harder it is for the youth to recover from its negative impact. With no effective interventions, they could very well become a lost generation." To read more, click here.

16 November 2020

Associate Professor David Lye from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, along with Professor Damian O'Connell, chief executive of the Experimental Drug Development Centre, weigh in on COVID-19 treatments and their role in war against the pandemic. To read more, click here.

13 November 2020

MOH appoints 14-member expert committee on COVID-19 vaccination, chaired by Associate Professor Benjamin Ong, Senior Vice President (Health Education and Resources) at NUS. To read more, click here.

09 November 2020

A COVID-19 neutralising antibody test kit from Duke NUS Medical School has become the first of its kind to get US FDA approval. Known as cPass, the kit can be used to test vaccines, check population infection levels, and assist in contact tracing. It also does not require highly specialised equipment or training to use and returns results in just an hour. To read more, click here.

03 November 2020

NUS researchers add a new weapon to Singapore's arsenal against COVID-19: an automated wireless system to monitor blood oxygen. To read more, click here.

02 November 2020

Professor Paul Tambyah from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine says he is hopeful about a response to a virus vaccine by the end of the year or by the first quarter of next year. To watch the video, click here.

 

October

28 October 2020

Professor Teo Yik Ying, Dean of the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, said Singapore will not be safe until the world is safe, as the presence of asymptomatic patients could still lead to community spread. To read more, click here.

26 October 2020

NUS experts say the risk of COVID-19 infection onboard planes is low if precautions are taken. "Wearing face masks properly and maintaining good hygiene will greatly reduce the risk," said Professor Teo Yik Ying, Dean of the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health. To read more, click here.

23 October 2020

A global accreditation framework for COVID-19 "vaccination passports" to allow for international travel was a proposal that was discussed at a recent NUS webinar. To read more, click here.

21 October 2020

NUS is using three strategies to prevent coronavirus outbreaks on its campuses and is pushing for greater interdisciplinarity among its courses. Professor Tan Eng Chye, President of NUS, said that he does not foresee any return to pre-coronavirus learning. To read more, click here.

17 October 2020

NUS researchers from the Institute for Digital Medicine (WisDM) at the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine will tap their artificial intelligence (AI) platform to evaluate 12 locally available drugs to derive a combination that can be used to treat COVID-19. To read more, click here.

16 October 2020

Singapore and Hong Kong are to establish air travel bubble. Associate Professor Hsu Li Yang from the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health said, "We can be endlessly concerned, but it is important to implement such measures and monitor the situation closely to see how they work. At this stage, and with the experience gained over the past few months, we should be ready for more imported cases and to nip small community clusters in the bud." To read more, click here.

15 October 2020

To ensure Singapore is prepared for the logistics of COVID-19 vaccine shipment, Professor Ooi Eng Eong, Deputy Director of the Emerging Infectious Diseases Programme at Duke-NUS Medical School, explains how vaccines are biological products that can degrade rapidly with heat, often necessitating a “cold chain” network for shipment though it ultimately depends on the form of preparation. To read more, click here.

12 October 2020

A group of NUS law students have set up a website to help the public understand new and evolving laws arising from the COVID-19 situation. To read more, click here.

12 October 2020

Why a multilateral response to COVID-19 matters. NUS is working with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to model COVID-19 in Middle East and North African countries. To read more, click here.

11 October 2020

Associate Professor Alex Cook, Vice-Dean of Research at the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, said the health considerations of COVID-19 are threefold, "The first is transmission risk, second, the risk to vulnerable groups, and the third is indirect - the impact on physical and mental health." To read more, click here.

9 October 2020

Restarting cruises - a boost for the economy, but not plain sailing. Professor Dale Fisher, from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, said, "It's not only about prioritising the safest activities; there is a balance with social and economic factors." To read more, click here.

8 October 2020

With a Singapore firm testing a freeze-dried version of a potential COVID-19 vaccine, Professor Teo Yik Ying, Dean of the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health commented that international governance in recognising which vaccines are acceptable is clearly needed. To read more, click here.

7 October 2020

Associate Professor Hsu Li Yang, Programme Leader of Infectious Diseases and Co-Director of Global Health at the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, spoke on what phase three reopening could entail. To watch the video, click here.

6 October 2020

Orange alert level to stay even as number of infections fall. Associate Professor Alex Cook, Vice-Dean of Research at the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, said COVID-19 would have to be eradicated locally to warrant a move back to Dorscon yellow. To read more, click here.

3 October 2020

NUS experts are cautious to temper public expectations about Singapore entering phase three, asserting that Singaporeans cannot expect for life to go back to normal entirely until mass vaccination begins. To read more, click here.

3 October 2020

COVID-19 vaccine developers need to focus their efforts on the elderly. According to Assistant Professor Ashley St. John at Duke-NUS Medical School, the immune system ages just like the rest of the body and this can affect vaccine safety or efficiency in older adults. To read more, click here.

 

September

30 September 2020

A team of researchers at Yale-NUS has examined WhatsApp behaviours during COVID-19 pandemic. The study revealed that WhatsApp is the second most common source of COVID-19 related information. To read more, click here.

 29 September 2020

Associate Professor Hsu Li Yang, from the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, said the low numbers of daily infections were an indication that “the COVID-19 epidemic in Singapore is truly under control, including in the migrant worker dormitories”. To read more, click here.

 28 September 2020

"People always think of case management, infection prevention and control, testing, epidemiology and the epidemic curves that we have to flatten... but the final pillar is always risk communications, community engagement," said Professor Dale Fisher, from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, during a panel discussion on World News Day. To read more, click here.

 27 September 2020

Associate Professor Song Zhaoli from NUS Business School said irregular office working times can become a source of stress. "Before COVID-19, most workers had regular working hours in a week. Now, the new work scheme will lead to uncertainties in terms of which days and what time to go to the office and when to leave the office. This will likely lead to stress." To read more, click here.

 21 September 2020

A modified cancer drug is vying to end the global quest for a COVID-19 vaccine. Developed by researchers from NUS and Monash University in Australia, the vaccine will be ready for clinical trials by the end of next year. To read more, click here.

 14 September 2020

Living with COVID-19 is the new normal for the foreseeable future. NUS experts weigh in on the effectiveness and limitations of a potential vaccine, the continued need for public education and cooperation so as to avoid another lockdown, which “represents a failure of the public health response”. To read more, click here.

 13 September 2020

Rigorous COVID-19 testing could help revive travel but challenges remain. Associate Professor Hsu Li Yang, from the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, noted the question would have to be asked if travellers were willing to fork out money to pay for tests. To read more, click here.

 11 September 2020

A nationwide TraceTogether token distribution will speed up contact tracing. Professor Teo Yik Ying, Dean of the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, said, "The success of the TraceTogether scheme depends heavily on how widely used it is." To read more, click here.

 10 September 2020

Though clinical trials for a COVID-19 vaccine may be paused, Professor Ooi Eng Eong, Deputy Director of Duke-NUS Medical School's Emerging Infectious Diseases Programme explains why this is a normal part of the process and an important safety measure. "Accelerating vaccine development does not mean that safety measures are foregone," he said. To read more, click here.

 9 September 2020

No need to avoid places visited by COVID-19 cases. "It is safe to visit these locations. Research shows that the risk of infection through fomites is low," said Professor Teo Yik Ying, Dean of the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health. Fomites are objects that are likely to carry the virus, like furniture. To read more, click here.

 4 September 2020

NUS experts suggest keeping COVID-19 testing in community groups voluntary, rather than mandatory which would be an inefficient way of using Singapore's testing capability, especially given the low rate of community transmissions here. To read more, click here.

 4 September 2020

The spectre of potentially new and unknown disease should drive Singapore’s preparedness for a deadlier outbreak, says NUS experts. "So while COVID-19 has been a disaster for the world, with almost a million deaths, the next big one will be different - and could be worse," said Professor Dale Fisher from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. To read more, click here.

 2 September 2020

Can a vaccine be developed before a second wave of COVID-19 hits Singapore? Professor Ooi Eng Eong, Deputy Director of the Duke-NUS Medical School's Emerging Infectious Diseases Programme, said there is a major advantage now that human clinical trials have begun in Singapore. "If the next wave hits during our phase III trial, then we might be able to get a faster answer as to whether the vaccine works. And the sooner we get it, the sooner we can get the vaccine available to everyone,” he said. To read more, click here.

 

August

 31 August 2020

An online portal that will be launched next month, created by students from the NUS Students' Union in partnership with the Caring SG Commuters Committee, will give commuters an opportunity to pen messages of appreciation to front-line workers in the fight against COVID-19. To read more, click here.

 28 August 2020

First may not be the best: Over 30 COVID-19 vaccines in global clinical trials, but Professor Teo Yik Ying, Dean of the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, says, "There is the risk of side effects." To read more, click here.

 25 August 2020

NUS experts say the COVID-19 reinfection case reported in Hong Kong is rare and not yet a cause for concern, though there are still unknowns about the immune response to vaccination and its longevity. To read more, click here.

 22 August 2020

Associate Professor Hsu Li Yang, from the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, spoke about the new variant of the COVID-19 virus which is missing a section in its genome. "In this particular case, the large deletion resulted in a virus that is less deadly," he said. To read more, click here.

 21 August 2020

On the discovery of a new COVID-19 variant which causes milder infections, Associate Professor Hsu Li Yang from the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, said "The actual impact will depend on how easily this particular mutant spreads, which we do not know well at present, because more than 99 per cent of the virus found in patients worldwide (or even in Singapore) will not have their full genomes sequenced." To read more, click here.

 18 August 2020

The increasingly common D614G mutation of the novel coronavirus may be more infectious, but appears less deadly, which may be 'a good thing', according to Professor Paul Tambyah from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. To read more, click here.

 17 August 2020

NUS experts explain why there is no basis for Malaysia's claim that it has found a strain of the coronavirus that is more infectious and causes COVID-19.  To read more, click here.

 16 August 2020

NUS Business School Professor Lawrence Loh says the coronavirus pandemic could reduce mobility across or even within generations, as wages usually lag behind economic recovery. To read more, click here.

 15 August 2020

Though the idea of COVID-19 transmissions through imported food has become a hot topic, the risks of infection and pathogen transmission are very low, according to NUS experts. The likelihood of human-to-human transmission is still far higher. To read more, click here.

 13 August 2020

NUS experts posit a few possible reasons that could lead to a second wave of COVID-19 infections, although the outbreak seems under control in Singapore. Whether the continued fall in numbers can be sustained will depend on the attitude and behaviour of its people. To read more, click here.

 12 August 2020

"What the pandemic has done is push us out of our comfort zones to find our own way forward. If this exemplifies what being an NUS Business School student is all about, then I am proud to be one," said Ms Anshul Chugh, a first-year student at NUS Business School, commenting on her virtual school orientation. To read more, click here.

 9 August 2020

Dr Cornelia Chee, Head of Department of Psychological Medicine at NUS and NUH sheds light on how COVID-19 has disrupted lifestyles and livelihoods, bringing heightened stress to many. She warns that mental-health stresses can rise and problems can develop as the pandemic drags on, advising those who are struggling to seek help. To read more, click here.

 7 August 2020

Professor Ooi Eng Eong, Deputy Director of the Emerging Infectious Diseases Programme at Duke-NUS is hopeful that TY027 could be approved as a drug treatment for COVID-19 by early next year, or even earlier. However, Professor Hsu Li Yang from the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health cautions that an effective treatment alone does not reduce the scale of an outbreak. To read more, click here.

 5 August 2020

Researchers from Duke-NUS Medical School are working with US-based company Arcturus to create an effective, single-dose vaccine for the coronavirus. “The Lunar-Cov19 vaccine is self-replicating and would extend the duration that an individual’s immune system is exposed to the antigen, hopefully triggering a sufficiently robust immune response over time,” said Professor Ooi Eng Eong, Deputy Director of the School’s Emerging Infectious Diseases Programme. To read more, click here.

 3 August 2020

Virus hunters sift through sewage to detect COVID-19 hotspots. “If you think the community has no COVID, but it’s found in the wastewater, then you know it’s there somewhere,” said Professor Dale Fisher from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. To read more, click here.

 

July

 31 July 2020

"An extremely low case fatality rate like in Singapore is a reflection of the nation's high quality of healthcare, suggesting that doctors and ICU specialists are well-trained and prepared to treat critically ill patients so they have a better chance of survival," said Dr Phua Kai Hong, an adjunct senior research fellow at the NUS Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. To read more, click here.

 30 July 2020

In a bid to curb the rise of imported COVID-19 cases, Associate Professor Alex Cook, Vice-Dean of Research at NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, suggested to consider swabbing travellers on arrival instead of quarantining them. To read more, click here.

 26 July 2020

As Singapore looks set to begin COVID-19 vaccine trials as early as this week, Professor Ooi Eng Eong, Deputy Director of Duke-NUS Medical School's Emerging Infectious Diseases Programme, said that the aim of the trial is to determine the safety of the vaccine, and whether it can coax the desired immune response in the body against Sars-CoV-2. To read more, click here.

 24 July 2020

"When it comes to mass market tourism, regrettably, I think we will not be able to travel out of Singapore for the foreseeable future," said Professor Teo Yik Ying, Dean of the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, speaking at The Straits Times COVID-19 Webinar. To read more, click here.

 23 July 2020

All 1,000 places for an online webinar on COVID-19 featuring NUS experts were snapped up within a day of the webinar's announcement. The webinar panel consists of Professor Teo Yik Ying, Dean of the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health; Professor Dale Fisher, from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine; and Professor Ooi Eng Eong from Duke-NUS Medical School. To read more, click here.

 22 July 2020

A vaccine jointly developed by Duke-NUS Medical School and US pharmaceutical company Arcturus Therapeutics has received approval for clinical trials. Professor Ooi Eng Eong, Deputy Director of the School’s Emerging Infectious Diseases Programme said that pre-clinical studies of the vaccine have shown "very promising findings"; a single dose might possibly be sufficient to trigger a robust and durable immune response against the coronavirus. To read more, click here.

 17 July 2020

A Duke-NUS study has uncovered the presence of virus-specific T cell immunity in people who recovered from COVID-19 and SARS, as well as some healthy study subjects who had never been infected by either virus. To read more, click here.

 17 July 2020

Experts from NUS help devise a report card to assess a country's COVID-19 response. To read more, click here.

 16 July 2020

Assistant Professor Ashley St John, an Immunologist from Duke-NUS Medical School, is realistic about the impact of a COVID-19 vaccine, as early vaccines are not likely to “completely prevent any infection in anyone”. To read more, click here.

 14 July 2020

As Singaporeans begin to make travel plans for December and next year, Associate Professor Alex Cook, Vice-Dean of Research at the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, warned against exposing oneself to a greater risk of infection. To read more, click here.

 13 July 2020

Two multidisciplinary research teams from NUS have developed three nasopharyngeal swabs designs to help address the global shortage, and to ensure Singapore has a sustainable supply. More than 40 million of these new NUS-designed, clinically-tested swabs are being produced in Singapore. To read more, click here.

 10 July 2020

Dr Cornelia Chee, Head of Psychological Medicine from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, expressed concern for the mental health of society as a whole, having been affected by the unknown aspects of COVID-19, as well as by government-imposed lockdown measures. To read more, click here.

 9 July 2020

Associate Professor Ang Swee Hoon from the NUS Business School said some might have felt the need to pamper themselves after having gone through the circuit breaker. "Staying at home appears to be cost saving - no incurrence of transportation, eating out and shopping - individuals may have had a sense that they have been saving over the last two months and so now there is an 'excuse' to buy." To read more, click here.

 6 July 2020

NUS experts say safe distancing and hygiene measures already in place in Singapore are generally sufficient to keep the virus in check, even if it is possibly airborne. To read more, click here.

 2 July 2020

NUS President, Professor Tan Eng Chye reflects on the duty of universities in ensuring students do not succumb to becoming a ‘lost generation’ as the global pandemic continues to disrupt norms and accelerate change. To read more, click here.

 

June

 30 June 2020

With an evident uptick in community cases since easing restrictions, experts from NUS caution against complacency and encourage collective, ongoing vigilance as the pandemic situation remains in Dorscon orange. To read more, click here.

 26 June 2020

NUS experts commented on the pros and cons of saliva testing, suggesting more needs to be done to improve the reliability of using saliva samples to detect COVID-19. To read more, click here.

 26 June 2020

An NUS-NUH research team has developed a reusable protective barrier which lowers the risk of frontline healthcare workers being exposed to COVID-19 via droplets and aerosols when they look after patients. To read more, click here.

 24 June 2020

As Singapore embraces phase two of its reopening, Associate Professor Alex Cook, Vice-Dean of Research at the NUS Saw Swee Hock School Of Public Health, posits four factors that can still intensify the risk of COVID-19 transmissions. To read more, click here.

 20 June 2020

A recent study by researchers from Duke-NUS Medical School, the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) and DSO National Laboratories shows the possibility of COVID-19 patients infecting others after two weeks as nearly negligible, making a case for minimising social discrimination against discharged patients. To read more, click here.

 18 June 2020

A COVID-19 vaccine may be ready for general use sooner rather than later, says Professor Ooi Eng Eong, Deputy Director of the Emerging Infectious Diseases Programme at the Duke-NUS Medical School, who is excited by the promising results shown on animal models thus far. To read more, click here.

 18 June 2020

Professor Paul Tambyah of the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine has been appointed 2022 President of the International Society of Infectious Diseases (ISID), saying: "This is a critical time for infectious diseases globally. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought home the fact that viruses do not respect international boundaries. No one is safe anywhere until everyone is safe everywhere”. To read more, click here.

 17 June 2020

Scientists from NUS and DSO National Laboratories have developed five human monoclonal antibodies with potent neutralising activity for SARS-CoV-2 virus which could represent powerful new therapeutic or prophylactic candidate medicines to combat COVID-19. To read more, click here.

 16 June 2020

Associate Professor Tham Kwok Wai from the NUS Department of Building chimed in on how to boost ventilation in indoor spaces and reduce transmission risks of COVID-19. To read more, click here.

 13 June 2020

Recently, two prestigious medical journals each retracted an article about treatment of patients with COVID-19. Associate Professor Mikael Hartman from NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, and Professor Lee Chuen Neng from NUS Department of Surgery, weigh in on the debacle. To read more, click here.

 13 June 2020

Professor Eric Chan from NUS Pharmacy discusses the strengths and challenges of repurposing drugs for the treatment of COVID-19. To read more, click here.

 13 June 2020

Professor Wang Linfa, Director of the Emerging Infectious Diseases Programme at the Duke-NUS Medical School has researched bats and their diseases for decades. The New York Times has highlighted how a world now wracked by the coronavirus is relying on the work of scientists like him. To read more, click here.

 12 June 2020

NUS experts believe the data proves Singapore is in good stead to further ease COVID-19 restrictions, with the caveat of heightened social responsibility and interventions to tackle asymptomatic spread. To read more, click here.

 11 June 2020

The systematic testing Singapore needs to ditch circuit breakers for good? A system of testing may be expensive but will be less costly than if circuit breakers have to be slapped on again, say NUS Business School’s Adjunct Associate Professor Neo Kok Beng and Dr Jia Zhunan. To read more, click here.

 10 June 2020

Singapore-based biotechnology company Tychan is set to begin clinical trials for a potential antibody treatment for COVID-19. Professor Ooi Eng Eong of Duke-NUS Medical School, who is one of the founders of Tychan, said that the drug could also potentially be used to prevent infections. To read more, click here.

 9 June 2020

“At NUS, we see great value in giving our students a vibrant campus experience, and we’re doing everything we can to ensure that this is done in a safe and careful way,” said NUS President, Professor Tan Eng Chye, when speaking to Times Higher Education about the gradual reopening of the NUS campus. To read more, click here.

 6 June 2020

Associate Professor Lawrence Loh, Director of the Centre for Governance, Institutions and Organisations at NUS Business School, believes organisations who emphasise digitalisation in this pandemic era will have better prospects. To read more, click here.

 5 June 2020

Professor Ho Teck Hua, Senior Deputy President and Provost of NUS, joined the 'askST@NLB' podcast to discuss the post-pandemic job market for graduates. To listen to the podcast, click here.

 4 June 2020

At a forum organised by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), which is part of the NUS Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, experts discuss new urban planning strategies to decentralise and localise regional centres and HDB towns to curb future outbreaks in Singapore. To read more, click here.

 4 June 2020

Professor Teo Yik Ying, Dean of the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, cautioned against complacency, citing asymptomatic cases as an indication of hidden reservoirs of coronavirus infections. To read more, click here.

 1 June 2020

Unlike Sars, COVID-19 will be here for some time. "If it were as severe as Sars, it would be much more controllable, and far fewer people (in absolute numbers) would have died and be yet to die," said Associate Professor Alex Cook, Vice-Dean of Research at the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health. To read more, click here.

 

May

 30 May 2020

Many recent immigrants and have volunteered during COVID-19, helping with tasks like distributing masks and taking temperatures. Associate Professor Elaine Ho from NUS Geography said, "Immigrants may see volunteering as a way of anchoring themselves and helping themselves to understand the norms of the community, as well as giving back to the society." To read more, click here.

 30 May 2020

Based on experience with past pandemics, opening up the country too quickly could lead to a second wave of infections that is even worse than the first, said Professor Teo Yik Ying, Dean of the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health. "There will be countries that will definitely experience a second wave of infection. And we saw from experience with the Spanish flu that the second wave can be much more deadly than the first wave." To read more, click here.

 29 May 2020

Addressing why supermarkets are a potential hotspot for the spread of coronavirus, Professor Paul Tambyah from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine said, "Supermarkets are often very crowded, with narrow aisles and limited ventilation. In contrast, our wet markets tend to have better cross-ventilation, although many can get very crowded too.” To read more, click here.

 28 May 2020

Speaking about preventing transmission on public transport after the circuit breaker ends, Professor Teo Yik Ying, Dean of the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health said, "If there is very little contact between people and no conversation, then the chance of droplets being expelled will be significantly reduced, and this in turn reduces the risk of infection to fellow commuters. To read more, click here.

 27 May 2020

Professor Teo Yik Ying, Dean of the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, observed how measures to reduce COVID-19 cases in dormitories have been broadly effective, which should lead to a fall in numbers. To read more, click here.

 27 May 2020

Professor Sumit Agarwal, Low Tuck Kwong Distinguished Professor of Finance, Economics and Real Estate at NUS Business School, suggested a few factors that might affect how well Singapore’s economy can bounce back after COVID-19. To read more, click here.

 25 May 2020

Distinguished Professor Ivan Png from NUS Business School, NUS Economics, and Principal Investigator of SPIRE (Service Productivity and Innovation Research Programme), outlined five suggestions to help Singapore move towards a new normal. To read more, click here.

 24 May 2020

NUS experts suggested a relook at hospital discharge policies in order to free up healthcare resources for other purposes. To read more, click here.

 22 May 2020

Associate Professor Helena Legido-Quigley from the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, speaks to the Lancet about how she is collaborating with multidisciplinary teams of academics to research the health, social, and economic impacts of COVID-19 in Asia and Europe. To read more, click here.

 21 May 2020

In the latest session of the weekly webinar series "COVID-19: Updates from Singapore", organised by NUS Medicine, Dr Bruce Aylward from the World Health Organisation (WHO) shared key learning points on what has been learned since the WHO Technical Mission to Wuhan, China. To watch the webinar, click here.

 21 May 2020

Researchers from Duke-NUS Medical School are developing a vaccine for the coronavirus, with hopes that early-stage clinical trials could start as soon as next month.  To read more, click here.

 21 May 2020

NUS experts cautioned against the prolonged use of disinfection tunnels, which may not only be ineffective against the coronavirus, but pose other health and safety risks. To read more, click here.

 20 May 2020

Professor Teo Yik Ying, Dean of the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health at NUS, weighs in on Singapore's broad plan to transition the country out of the circuit breaker on The Straits Times' weekday talk show. To watch the show, click here.

 20 May 2020

A series of comic strips for young children featuring Baffled Bunny and Curious Cat seeking advice and clarification from Doctor Duck was created by award-winning graphic novelist Sonny Liew, who worked with Associate Professor Hsu Li Yang, the programme leader for infectious diseases at NUS. To read more, click here.

 19 May 2020

The take-up rate for Trace Together, a contact tracing app developed by the Government, has been lower than expected. NUS experts chimed in on possible reasons for this, and how to potentially improve downloads and usage. To read more, click here.

 18 May 2020

Professor Walter Woon, David Marshall Professor of Law at NUS, comments on why responsibility must come before freedom in Singapore’s fight against COVID-19. To read more, click here.

 18 May 2020

Migrant workers recovering at NUS can take 'classes'. Associate Professor Ho Han Kiat, NUS Vice Dean of Students, said, "We want to give migrant workers a good experience, and what NUS does best is education. We want to treat them like they are our guest students." To read more, click here.

 18 May 2020

NUS lecturer helps deliver meals to residents breaking fast. "It's time to give back. If I can help people in my own backyard, why not?" said Dr Judy Sng, a senior lecturer at NUS Pharmacology. To read more, click here.

 18 May 2020

NUS has a team of 40 to 50 volunteers - mainly international students - to help address translation needs, typically for migrant workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. To read more, click here.

 17 May 2020

NUS Business School Visiting Senior Fellow Alex Capri shared three factors that could influence Singapore’s position as a top trading hub in a post-pandemic world.  To read more, click here.

 15 May 2020

Experts from Duke-NUS Medical School have developed a COVID-19 test kit that takes just an hour, instead of the usual several days, to detect if someone has been infected before. To read more, click here.

 14 May 2020

COVID-19 might be "with us for a long time", but the coronavirus can be contained if Singapore follows its "dance steps", said leading infectious diseases specialist Professor Yee Sin Leo, Executive Director of the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID), who was speaking at a webinar organised by the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and National University Health System. To read more, click here.

 12 May 2020

The precaution of testing negative twice, which is also taken by countries like the United States, is necessary as experts still do not have conclusive evidence about whether people who continue to shed the virus for a long time remain infectious, said Associate Professor Hsu Li Yang from NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health. To read more, click here.

 8 May 2020

Professor Nitin Pangarkar, from the NUS Business School, spoke to CNA about what will be left of airports, airlines and the aviation industry once the COVID-19 storm has calmed. To listen to the podcast, click here.

 7 May 2020

The fifth installment of the 12-part weekly webinar series, "COVID-19 Updates from Singapore", continued with guest speaker Associate Professor Alex Cook, Vice Dean (Research) of the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, who spoke about how mathematical modelling has emerged as a key discipline in the COVID-19 outbreak and some of the ways in which it is used in Singapore to inform our response to the pandemic. To watch the webinar, click here.

 6 May 2020

NUS has announced the Innovation Challenge, a scheme in which 115 projects will be given up to $50,000 in funding for six months. The scheme hopes to stimulate bold ideas "to show the way forward and help shape a better future for humankind" in the post-COVID-19 world. To read more, click here.

 5 May 2020

Professor Seeram Ramakrishna from NUS Mechanical Engineering suggested the critical factors that will make a reusable face mask adequate for use and protection against the coronavirus.  To read more, click here.

 3 May 2020

NUS researchers have responded rapidly to the crisis with technology-driven solutions in the exploration of vaccines, optimisation of drug regimens through AI, and more. To read more, click here.

 3 May 2020

With a vaccine against Covid-19 still a distant prospect, Professor Teo Yik Ying, Dean of the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, has flagged the possibility that the circuit breakers, which curtail economic activity, may need to be switched on and off every few months. To read more, click here.

 1 May 2020

Duke-NUS scientists develop a speedy test for antibodies that may help to neutralise the coronavirus. To read more, click here.

 1 May 2020

Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, the former president of NUS, has served as the Ministry of Health's (MOH) first chief health scientist since 2018. In this role he sets the research agenda and works closely with researchers to address high-priority public health and clinical needs. To read more, click here.

 

April

30 Apr 2020

The fourth of the 12-part weekly webinar series, "COVID-19 Updates from Singapore", continued with Assoc Prof Paul MacAry from NUS Medicine's Dept of Microbiology & Immunology and Director of the Life Sciences Institute covering "The Trinity of COVID-19: Immunity, Inflammation and Intervention" and providing an overview of drug and vaccine trials for COVID-19. To watch the webinar, click here.

 30 Apr 2020

Associate Professor Alex Cook, Vice-Dean of Research and domain leader for Biostatistics and Modelling at the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health joins the COVID-19 research workgroup chaired by National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) executive director Leo Yee Sin. To read more, click here.

 27 Apr 2020

NUS experts insist on one to two weeks of continuous data to show a sustained decline in community cases, and even then, true numbers may not be reflected. To read more, click here.

 26 Apr 2020

Dip in local cases a good sign but too early to say Singapore has turned the corner. Professor Wang Linfa, Director of the Emerging Infectious Diseases Programme at the Duke-NUS Medical School, said one to two weeks of continuous data is needed to make sure the "trend is real". To read more, click here.

 25 Apr 2020

Professor Ooi Eng Oong, Deputy Director of the Emerging Infectious Diseases Programme at the Duke-NUS Medical School, shared the difficulties in accelerating the development of a vaccine with strict control measures in place, though such challenges are precisely what keeps scientists going. To read more, click here.

 25 Apr 2020

Professor Subhash Vasudevan from the Emerging Infectious Diseases Programme at Duke-NUS Medical School explained how the virus in an infected person triggers a cascade of molecular activity, which eventually results in the respiratory symptoms experienced by Covid-19 patients. To read more, click here.

 24 Apr 2020

After the fastest recovery among the infected children and adolescents in Singapore was of a one-year-old boy, Professor Dale Fisher, from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, said that amongst the family clusters in Singapore, there is no evidence that the child was the first person in the family to contract the virus. To read more, click here.

23 Apr 2020

The third of the 12-part weekly webinar series, "COVID-19 Updates from Singapore", continued with veteran diplomat and Distinguished Fellow at the NUS Asia Research Institute, Professor Kishore Mahbubani analysing the geopolitics affecting our world today and how the current situation could improve. To watch the webinar, click here.

 23 Apr 2020

While dormitory cases may remain high, infectious disease experts from NUS pointed out the authorities' tremendous efforts to address this weak link rather than any lack of trying. To read more, click here.

 23 Apr 2020

According to NUS experts, masks do little to stop the transmission of the coronavirus, but they serve as a constant reminder to be careful and practise the necessary precautions. To read more, click here.

 23 Apr 2020

NUS experts share their concerns on a panel regarding COVID-19 being a ‘smart’ virus, thus necessitating the need for evolving policies and stricter circuit breaker measures. To read more, click here.

 23 Apr 2020

Professor Teo Yik Ying, Dean of the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, said it would be a “huge assumption” to think testing for the presence of antibodies is enough to confirm a patient will be immune to reinfection of COVID-19. To read more, click here.

 23 Apr 2020

Professor Danny Quah, Dean of the NUS Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, asks whether the pandemic could spur a focus on the really big trade-offs in economic life. To read more, click here.

 22 Apr 2020

A one-week moving average takes the average number of cases in the last six days plus the current day, with this window period shifting continuously. The use of moving averages started from April 15, but does not suggest a change of strategy at interpreting data, said Professor Teo Yik Ying, Dean of the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health. "It's a standard way to look for trends without being distracted by outliers," he said. To read more, click here.

 21 Apr 2020

NUS experts addressed the two separate COVID-19 outbreaks taking place in Singapore, both in the community and among those residing in foreign worker dormitories. To read more, click here.

 21 Apr 2020

Professor Teo Yik Ying, Dean of the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, cautioned America and Europe against resuming trade and economic activity prematurely, for fear of subsequent waves of infection. To read more, click here.

 21 Apr 2020

NUS experts stressed the need to reduce the risk of the coronavirus being passed around, and to lower the number of confirmed cases picked up by primary care clinics' surveillance of influenza-like illnesses, and those from the hospitals' surveillance of pneumonia, to as close to zero as possible. To read more, click here.

 20 Apr 2020

With farmers and workers staying home either due to movement curbs or fears of being infected with COVID-19, the normal production capacities of farms and food processing factories have been reduced, explained Mr Alex Capri, senior fellow at the NUS Business School. To read more, click here.

19 Apr 2020

Professor Teo Yik Ying, Dean of the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, advised against reducing the frequency of transport services, which would prove counter to circuit breaker objectives especially for essential workers travelling during peak hours. To read more, click here.

19 Apr 2020

NUS experts expressed a balanced view on the limitations of Singapore’s healthcare system, and the positive steps the country is taking to continue to cope with COVID-19 cases. To read more, click here.

18 Apr 2020

A study done by researchers from the NUS Business School and Xiamen University showed that consumption, which has accounted for over 40 per cent of China's gross domestic product (GDP) in the past decade, nosedived in the 12 weeks since the outbreak started in January. To read more, click here.

18 Apr 2020

Adjunct Associate Professor Vernon Lee of the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health stresses the role of the media in not just educating the public about a pandemic as it unfolds, but also chronicling it for posterity. To read more, click here.

17 Apr 2020

NUS experts suggested ways in which Singapore may change the way it handles COVID-19 patients, with the recent surge in infections stretching the capacity of the healthcare system. To read more, click here.

17 Apr 2020

Professor Teo Yik Ying, Dean of the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, cautioned that weak links remain, though the coronavirus situation looks hopeful if people continue to observe circuit breaker measures. To read more, click here.

16 Apr 2020

The second of the 12-part weekly webinar series, "COVID-19 Updates from Singapore", continued with Professor Wang Linfa from the Duke-NUS Medical School outlining how the novel coronavirus could have originated from bats, the possible role of pangolins and observations on genetic mutations of this coronavirus. To watch the webinar, click here.

16 Apr 2020

A recent study led by researchers from the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health found that early interventions such as quarantine and workplace distancing are crucial to controlling the virus’ spread if transmissions can no longer be traced to a single individual. To read more, click here.

16 Apr 2020

A vaccine candidate by Duke-NUS Medical School and Arcturus Therapeutics is now in the pre-clinical stage of development and could be ready for clinical trials by August. To read more, click here.

16 Apr 2020

Professor Wang Linfa, Director of the Emerging Infectious Disease Programme at Duke-NUS Medical School, speaks about the possible origins of the coronavirus. Listen to the podcast here.

16 Apr 2020

Experts from Duke-NUS say that the development of a coronavirus vaccine has been accelerated across all stages, from testing to regulatory reviews and readying production, but will still take 12 to 18 months. To read more, click here.

15 Apr 2020

Global leaders need to coordinate an exit from lockdowns, writes Professor Teo Yik Ying, Dean of the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, and Professor David L. Heymann from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Chair of the World Health Organisation Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for Infectious Hazards. To read more, click here.

15 Apr 2020

Professor Teo Yik Ying, Dean of the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health shared insight on Singapore’s public health system and called for global action to the pandemic, on top of unilateral country responses. To read more, click here.

15 Apr 2020

Professor Ooi Eng Oong, Deputy Director of the Emerging Infectious Diseases Programme at the Duke-NUS Medical School, cautioned how researchers who skip an important peer review process may be spreading misinformation about COVID-19 to the public. To read more, click here.

15 Apr 2020

“Once every three to four months, we may have to have a circuit break just to allow the health system to recuperate," said Professor Teo Yik Ying, Dean of the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health. To read more, click here.

13 Apr 2020

"Singapore must continue to be vigilant against importations, and to stem out any sporadic cases or clusters before they seed further community transmissions," warned Professor Teo Yik Ying, Dean of the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health. To read more, click here.

12 Apr 2020

Professor Ooi Eng Oong, Deputy Director of the Emerging Infectious Diseases Programme at the Duke-NUS Medical School, pointed out the many groups working on vaccines as a good thing, like taking “multiple shots at a goal” despite the uphill challenges facing the development of infectious disease treatments. To read more, click here.

11 Apr 2020

NUS' COVID-19 reports shared across the world. To read more, click here.

10 Apr 2020

As the virus increases in Singapore's migrant worker dorms, “The important matter at hand is to swiftly disrupt the chains of transmission in the dormitories, as well as in the rest of Singapore,” said Associate Professor Hsu Li Yang, from NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health. To read more, click here.

10 Apr 2020

Should the world worry about Singapore's virus surge? NUS experts discuss this issue. To read more, click here.

9 Apr 2020

The first of the 12-part weekly webinar series, "COVID-19 Updates from Singapore", launched with more than 1,300 tuning in worldwide. The session featured the series’ first guest, Professor Paul Tambyah from NUS Medicine and Senior Consultant in the Division of Infectious Diseases at NUH. To watch the webinar, click here.

9 Apr 2020

Associate Professor Vernon Lee from the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health warned that tough quarantine measures and stringent contact tracing in Singapore must continue until a vaccine for the coronavirus is available. To read more, click here.

9 Apr 2020

COVID-19 cases may be under-reported because some cases involved asymptomatic infections and people with mild symptoms who might not realise they had the virus, said Associate Professor Alex Cook, Vice-Dean of Research at the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health. To read more, click here.

9 Apr 2020

Southeast Asia’s efforts to transit into renewable energy will likely take a hit due to COVID-19, according to Dr Philip Andrews-Speed, Senior Principal Fellow at the NUS Energy Studies Institute. To read more, click here.

8 Apr 2020

Associate Professor Alex Cook, Vice-Dean of Research at the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, said data suggests that Singapore's cumulative measures to contain the outbreak have been successful in driving down R0 for the disease to be at or below one since the start of the outbreak in January. To read more, click here.

8 Apr 2020

Professor Dale Fisher, from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, remarked about the situation currently, "It's now all about stamping out these big clusters while preventing more big ones." To read more, click here.

8 Apr 2020

June likely window for Singapore election after Bill introduced to make provisions for COVID-19 polls. Associate Professor Bilveer Singh from NUS Political Science said Parliament will likely be dissolved and a writ of election issued after the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan ends on May 24. To read more, click here.

8 Apr 2020

Professor Kishore Mahbubani, a Distinguished Fellow at the NUS Asia Research Institute, said, “The United States can improve the well-being of its people by cooperating with the rest of the world, rather than by engaging in another zero sum geopolitical contest.” To read more, click here.

8 Apr 2020

“Mild people are spreading it just as much as severe cases, in fact probably more so. And the world – except for Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea and China – the rest of the world sends their mild people home and says, ‘Please, home quarantine,’” said Professor Dale Fisher from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. To read more, click here.

8 Apr 2020

“In terms of discerning a pattern, the short-term economic cost is followed by lasting structural changes, lasting for decades or even for centuries, in societies, in economies and in international politics. And I suspect we might see something similar in this pandemic,” said Professor Razeen Sally from the NUS Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in reference to past pandemics. To read more, click here.

7 Apr 2020

NUS experts reiterated the need to protect the elderly as they are most vulnerable to the virus, with higher risks of complications and death. To read more, click here.

7 Apr 2020

Associate Professor Hsu Li Yang from the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health broke down everything to know on why and when to wear a mask, in light of COVID-19.  To read more, click here.

7 Apr 2020

NUS experts examined the psychological impact of the COVID-19 outbreak among health care workers, so as to finetune policies and interventions to maintain their psychological well-being. To read more, click here.

6 Apr 2020

Associate Professor Lawrence Loh from NUS Business School noted that the banks are under pressure, given the lowered interest rates by central banks around the world and a fall in consumer borrowing. To read more, click here.

6 Apr 2020

Associate Professor Alex Cook, Vice-Dean of Research at the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, said, "As tempting as it may be to go out and have one last shop, I would encourage everyone to minimise their movements before the circuit breaker takes effect, or we'll end up with a big wave of infections at the weekend." To read more, click here.

6 Apr 2020

When discussing how elections can be conducted in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, Associate Professor Chong Ja Ian from NUS Political Science, said, “Furniture, stationery, voting booths, voting machines that require touch, ballot papers and ballot boxes could all become ways people get infected while voting.” To read more, click here.

5 Apr 2020

Associate Professor Lawrence Loh from the NUS Business School pointed out the need for Singapore to introduce a circuit breaker, despite the adverse effect it may have on the economy. To read more, click here.

4 Apr 2020

Can the coronavirus curve be flattened? Mr Drew Thompson, Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the NUS Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, spoke on panel to discuss this topic. Watch the interview here.

4 Apr 2020

SAF personnel make 2,000 calls a day to contact trace & check those on SHN. "The reason why I wanted to be part of this operation is because it reminds me of why I joined the SAFVC in the first place — which is to serve and to protect my community," said NUS student Ms Lim Li Ly. To read more, click here.

3 Apr 2020

NUS experts from the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health stressed the need to follow “simple instructions”, urging a collective guarding against a second wave. To read more, click here.

3 Apr 2020

Associate Professor Alex Cook, Vice Dean (Research) at NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health joins the world’s first international Facebook Watch media event to analyse and share lessons from the front lines of the war against Covid-19. To read more, click here.

3 Apr 2020

Associate Professor Hsu Li Yang, Head of the Infectious Diseases Programme at NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, and Dr Gillian Koh, Deputy Director (Research) of the Institute of Policy Studies at NUS share why safe distancing is not just a buzzword, but a life or death issue. Listen to the podcast here.

2 Apr 2020

While the U.S. is now seen as the epicentre of the outbreak ⁠— with cases surpassing 200,000, "the epicentre will shift" again, according to Professor Teo Yik Ying, Dean of the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health. To read more, click here.

2 Apr 2020

China’s economy has yet to reach bottom. However, according to a count by researchers from the NUS East Asian Institute, since January 24 various ministries have issued more than 20 policy directives, almost all of them directed at helping companies stabilise their operations and avoid lay-offs. To read more, click here.

1 Apr 2020

NUS experts highlight the crucial need to limit community transmission of coronavirus cases, alongside the importance of heightened social responsibility and cooperation. To read more, click here.

1 Apr 2020

"It is most critical that financial institutions demonstrate their social responsibility in such times as the gestures will be remembered long after the difficult episode,” said NUS Business School's Associate Professor Lawrence Loh in response to latest measures rolled out to ease COVID-19 financial strains. To read more, click here.

1 Apr 2020

Associate Professor Lawrence Loh from NUS Business School predicts a further decline in consumer and business loans given the economic climate caused by the coronavirus.  To read more, click here.

1 Apr 2020

Professor Sherri Kimes, Visiting Professor of Analytics and Operations at the NUS Business School, pointed out lessons from the hospitality industry on coping with an economic downturn in light of COVID-19. To read more, click here.

1 Apr 2020

NUS experts explain why contact tracing is critical in identifying and stemming clusters of linked coronavirus cases. To read more, click here.

 

March

31 Mar 2020

"All the things that Singapore has in place, any country under lockdown will need to do these, or implement these during lockdown, so that they can be safe afterwards," commented Professor Dale Fisher from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. To read more, click here.

31 Mar 2020

“Some 80 per cent of the 100m migrants that went home to another province [for the lunar new year holiday] have returned to their place of work, but even for them it is not clear whether they have their jobs back,” said Professor Bert Hofman, Director of the NUS East Asian Institute. To read more, click here.

30 Mar 2020

Associate Professor Hsu Li Yang, Infectious Diseases Programme leader at the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, pointed out that COVID-19 demands a relook at treatment strategies for other slow-spreading pandemics, such as tuberculosis, that still affect us.  To read more, click here.

30 Mar 2020

Professor Dale Fisher from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine says lockdowns only buy response time, but are not a solution to eradicating the virus.  Watch the interview here.

30 Mar 2020

Assistant Professor Hannah Clapham from the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, suggested five considerations to devising an effective coronavirus strategy.  To read more, click here.

30 Mar 2020

NUS experts weigh in on the possible risk factors of COVID-19, while stressing that more than 80 per cent of cases overall are still considered mild. To read more, click here.

29 Mar 2020

Experts from NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health say workplace distancing is far more effective in reducing the spread of the COVID-19 than school closures. To read more, click here.

28 Mar 2020

A team from the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health said workplace distancing, quarantine and school closures combined give the best outcome, an approach that should be immediately deployed. To read more, click here.

28 Mar 2020

Mr Marcus Chua, a mammal scientist from the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, said despite spending his 36th birthday quarantined in hotel, "It's a brilliant move to support the hospitality industry and keep the pandemic at bay." To read more, click here.

28 Mar 2020

Associate Professor Tan Ern Ser from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy noted that during periods of isolation people are able to maintain social closeness despite physical distance. "We may have nothing to do with the neighbour who lives right next door, but we are in close touch every day with friends who live on the other side of the globe." To read more, click here.

28 Mar 2020

What it's like serving a stay-home notice in a hotel? NUS student Claudia Wu will be serving her 14-day stay-home notice in Swissôtel Stamford. To read more, click here.

27 Mar 2020

Professor Teo Yik Ying from the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health: "Just as a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, so the failure of a single country to contain COVID-19 heightens the global risk. Countries with stronger health systems must now urgently assist their weaker counterparts, which in turn should readily accept any aid that helps them tackle this deadly global threat." To read more, click here.

27 Mar 2020

Referring to the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games in 2021, Dr Jinna Tay from NUS Communications and New Media, said, "It will be hard to say which organisations will be left standing after COVID-19, as many industries and businesses will be hit hard and some may not be able to pay the advertising and sponsor costs." To read more, click here.

27 Mar 2020

From exercise to bird-watching, Mr Marcus Chua from the NUS Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum plans to enjoy comforts of home while on a stay-home notice in a hotel. To read more, click here.

27 Mar 2020

“U.S.-China relations were on the decline long before the pandemic started. But it's really the mutual animosity that's only increased since the outbreak,” said Visiting Senior Research Fellow Mr Drew Thompson from the NUS Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. To read more, click here.

27 Mar 2020

S$48.4b more to fight pandemic, with up to S$17b from reserves. Professor Sumit Agarwal from the NUS Business School said the new "bold stimulus package" should give confidence to corporate leaders, employees, and financial markets. To read more, click here.

27 Mar 2020

How Singapore and South Korea deal with coronavirus quarantine measures: “People can go on with their daily life with some social distances here in Singapore,” said Associate Professor Vernon Lee from the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health. To read more, click here.

27 Mar 2020

Professor Teo Yik Ying from the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health answers how attention to other major illnesses (like cancer) have been affected by COVID-19. To read more, click here.

26 Mar 2020

Having successfully cultured COVID-19 from an infected patient’s clinical sample, Professor Wang Linfa, director of the Emerging Infectious Disease Programme at Duke-NUS Medical School believes they are one step closer to finding a cure. Listen to the podcast here.

26 Mar 2020

Scientists from Duke-NUS Medical School are studying genes to fast-track the development of a coronavirus vaccine. Watch the interview here.

26 Mar 2020

Professor Teo Yik Ying, Dean of the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, disagreed with the use of the word lockdown for Singapore. To read more, click here.

25 Mar 2020

Latest study co-authored by Associate Professor Alex Cook, Vice Dean (Research) at NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, proves social distancing is effective in keeping the spread of COVID-19 under control. To read more, click here.

25 Mar 2020

NUS experts weigh in on the rise of young adults exposed to COVID-19, and the need for higher penalties to deter flouting of stay-home notices. To read more, click here.

25 Mar 2020

Professor Wang Linfa, Director of the Emerging Infectious Diseases Programme at the Duke-NUS Medical School, shared his views in a panel discussion on hygiene during this critical period. To read more, click here.

25 Mar 2020

In a race to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, Professor Ooi Eng Eong, Deputy Director of the Emerging Infectious Diseases Programme at Duke-NUS Medical School, aims to complete phase 1 clinical trials and start testing on larger trials. To read more, click here.

24 Mar 2020

"People are willing to accept draconian and intrusive measures that they normally would not have because of the pandemic," said Professor Zheng Yongnian from the East Asian Institute at the NUS. To read more, click here.

24 Mar 2020

“Until Italy, Korea and Iran happened, Singapore was the worst outside China. Why didn't we feel that way? Because the government is very transparent and because we are so effective in tracing and isolating every case," said Professor Wang Linfa, Director of the Emerging Infectious Diseases Programme at the Duke-NUS Medical School. To read more, click here.

24 Mar 2020

Professor Teo Yik Ying, Dean at the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, explains how obstacles to widespread coronavirus testing can be overcome. To read more, click here.

24 Mar 2020

Commenting that China’s actions prevented hundreds of thousands of cases and thousands of deaths, Professor Dale Fisher from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine said, “I can look at the trajectory it had and the trajectory that appeared after January 23rd, and there’s no doubt.” To read more, click here.

23 Mar 2020

Professor Dale Fisher from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine has issued a dire warning about the weeks and months ahead for Australia, saying “this is just the beginning” of the coronavirus crisis. To read more, click here.

23 Mar 2020

In order to dissuade Singaporeans from travelling, Dr Jeremy Lim, co-director of global health at NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, suggests a blanket ban with an appeal process for genuine exceptions may be expedient. To read more, click here.

23 Mar 2020

Dr Jeremy Lim, co-director of global health at NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, described the Singapore government’s new ban on tourists as part of its incremental, measured approach. To read more, click here.

22 Mar 2020

"Singapore has invested heavily in capacity development and infrastructure to deal with such outbreaks in the past 10 to 15 years, including increasing intensive care capacity and patient isolation facilities, building experience in infectious diseases," said Assistant Professor Clarence Tam, from the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health. To read more, click here.

22 Mar 2020

How Singapore waged war on coronavirus: “We used the lead time that China gave us by its massive shutdown to really refine our readiness,” commented Professor Dale Fisher from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. To read more, click here.

22 Mar 2020

Professor Zheng Yongnian from the NUS East Asian Institute believes that international cooperation is vital to pushing the virus back. To read more, click here.

21 Mar 2020

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, there is a chance that Singapore’s food security strategies will be tested. Dr Cecilia Tortajada, Senior Research Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy’s Institute of Water Policy, noted Singapore's high ranking in food security, attributing this to its ability to ensure the safety, availability and affordability of food. To read more, click here.

21 Mar 2020

“I suspect COVID-19 will force a rethink of national strategies for pharmaceutical procurement," said Dr Jeremy Lim, co-director of the global health program at the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health. To read more, click here.

21 Mar 2020

On Singapore’s success in the fight against COVID-19, Dr Jeremy Lim, co-director of global health at the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health said, "The experience of SARS is viscerally seared into the individual as well as the collective consciousness.” To read more, click here.

21 Mar 2020

South Korea’s extensive coronavirus testing and resulting data provides us with a “useful picture” of the virus, even if not the “whole picture”, said Professor Ooi Eng Eong, Deputy Director of the Programme in Emerging Infectious Diseases, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School. To read more, click here.

21 Mar 2020

Professor Dale Fisher from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine pointed out that if COVID-19 infections continue to rise and show no signs of abating, Singapore’s strategy will have to evolve. He shared about why children seem less affected by the coronavirus, and also provided advice in a series of comics aimed at educating the public about COVID-19. To read more, click here.

20 Mar 2020

Professor Dale Fisher from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine talked about why lockdowns are important, what countries with less resources can do, and what his biggest concern is currently about the pandemic. To read more, click here.

20 Mar 2020

“We are going to see massive restructuring of supply chains,” said NUS Business School Visiting Senior Fellow Alex Capri. To read more, click here.

20 Mar 2020

Professor Dale Fisher: "Singapore succeeded in containing coronavirus. How did they do it?". To read more, click here.

20 Mar 2020

Professor C Raja Mohan, Director of the NUS Institute of South Asian Studies, argues that, “For the large tech companies, this is a huge opportunity to deploy their immense capabilities to resolve the specific problems posed by the spread of the coronavirus.” To read more, click here.

20 Mar 2020

NUS experts believe COVID-19 can be defeated without resorting to such an extreme measure with heavy costs. To read more, click here.

20 Mar 2020

Rapid testing and isolation of suspected cases, and painstaking tracing of contacts, helped by police, surveillance videos and ATM records, have helped prevent a worse local outbreak," said Tikki Pangestu, a visiting professor at the NUS Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. To read more, click here.

20 Mar 2020

China 'still at risk of second wave of coronavirus cases' despite first day with no domestic cases. To read more, click here.

20 Mar 2020

"I think the biggest (difference) is that we didn’t let positive patients back into the community,” said Professor Dale Fisher from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine when commenting on Singapore's comparatively low infection rate. To read more, click here.

20 Mar 2020

Professor Dale Fisher from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine spoke to the Independant about the how the US and Europe can learn from past Asia pandemics to beat coronavirus. To read more, click here.

19 Mar 2020

While lockdowns appear to be the preferred way to deal with COVID-19, they must be well timed and complement other strategies, claim NUS experts. To read more, click here.

19 Mar 2020

Associate Professor Alex Cook, Vice Dean (Research) at NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, says that without tough steps, Singapore might have 5,000 cases by now. To read more, click here.

19 Mar 2020

A variety of different combinations of interventions aimed at “flattening the epidemic curve” have popped up around the world, but time is needed for these to bear fruit, say the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health’s Hsu Li Yang and Natasha Howard. To read more, click here.

18 Mar 2020

Speaking about the strategies employed by South Korea, Associate Professor Hsu Li Yang from the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, commented, “In one sense, we should expect that clusters of cases will inevitably pop up in large countries as the pandemic progresses, particularly where social distancing interventions have not been extreme.” To read more, click here.

18 Mar 2020

Professor Danny Quah from the NUS Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and other leading economists from around the world are calling for swift policy action to mitigate the economic damage from the global pandemic. To read more, click here.

18 Mar 2020

Professor Dale Fisher from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine explains why Singapore’s response to the coronavirus has been held up by many around the world as a model. To read more, click here.

17 Mar 2020

Dr Carol Soon from the NUS Centre for Trusted Internet and Community and the NUS Institute of Policy Studies speaks about how to fight an information avalanche during COVID-19. To read more, click here.

13 Mar 2020

The COVID-19 situation has seen large outbreaks, and is now a pandemic. There are some scenarios as to how this will play out, say Dr Jyoti Somani and Professor Paul Ananth Tambyah from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. To read more, click here.

12 Mar 2020

'Over-reacting is better than non-reacting' - Academics around the world, including Professor Yik-Ying Teo, Dean of the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health at NUS, share thoughts on coronavirus for the World Economic Forum. To read more, click here.

9 Mar 2020

Prof Thomas Coffman, Dean of Duke-NUS Medical School, discusses the potential for coronavirus' spread around the world, and explains the need for quarantines. Watch the interview here.

9 Mar 2020

Humans have faced deadly outbreaks before, and despite medical advances, it’s inevitable we’ll be struck again. Asst Prof Danielle Anderson tells NBC that our modern way of living could be putting us at greater risk than ever before. Watch the interview here.

9 Mar 2020

In a special episode of ‘The Big Story’, The Straits Times’ weekday talk show, a panel of Singapore’s top experts discussed the outlook of COVID-19 for the next three months. Among the thought-leaders on the panel were Prof Tikki Pangestu, Visiting Professor from the NUS Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, and Assoc Prof Hsu Li Yang from the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health. They discussed the newest cluster at Safra Jurong, when contact tracing and quarantine orders will stop, as well as how soon a vaccine will be available. Watch the discussion here.

9 Mar 2020

Assistant Professor Sharon Sung from Duke-NUS and Adjunct Associate Professor Calvin Fones from the NUS Centre for Biomedical Ethics discuss the global fear pandemic occurring as a result of COVID-19. To read more, click here.

9 Mar 2020

Professor Teo Yik-Ying, Dean of the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health at NUS, was invited to speak in a seminar hosted by the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team. In his talk, Prof Teo outlined the multi-pronged measures Singapore has put in place in response to COVID-19, and he also discussed some of the challenges ahead. To watch this seminar, click here

2 Mar 2020

NUS has suspended with immediate effect all exchange programmes sending students to Italy. To read more, click here

2 Mar 2020

A study of local COVID-19 patients found that the amount of virus present in a patient is at its highest in the early stages of infection, which is also the most contagious period. Executive Director of the National Centre for Infectious Diseases Professor Leo Yee-Sin, Singapore’s Chief Health Scientist Professor Tan Chorh Chuan and Senior Vice President (Health Innovation & Translation) Professor John Eu-Li Wong have published their observations in the Journal of the American Medical Association on 20 Feb 2020.  To read more, click here

1 Mar 2020

Prof Wang Linfa, Director of the Emerging Infectious Diseases Programme at Duke-NUS Medical School (Duke-NUS) led a research team to develop a test for COVID-19 antibodies. The research team came up with two tests from samples of the live virus – a quick and dirty one with about 90 per cent accuracy and a recognised gold standard test that requires four to five days in a high level 3 biosafety laboratory. To read more, click here

 

February

27 Feb 2020

Developments in the rest of the world can seed subsequent waves of outbreak despite Singapore’s best efforts at preventing further importations, write Assistant Professor Hannah Clapham and Associate Professor Alex R Cook from the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health. To read more, click here.

26 Feb 2020

COVID-19 may be a mild illness for most people, but it is too early to conclude on the death rate and infectivity, according to Assistant Professor Jyoti Somani and Professor Paul Ananth Tambyah from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. To read more, click here

25 Feb 2020

In a world-first, a research team at Duke-NUS Medical School established a link between two COVID-19 clusters in Singapore via serological testing on two cases. To read more, click here. To watch Assistant Professor Danielle Anderson from Duke-NUS explain how the new test works, click here

20 Feb 2020

Researchers from the Lloyd’s Register Foundation Institute for the Public Understanding of Risk at NUS explain that the public should be mindful not to be vectors of misinformation, distrust and anti-social behaviour. To read more, click here

20 Feb 2020

Professor John Eu-Li Wong, Professor Leo Yee Sin and Professor Tan Chorh Chuan share their insights on the issues COVID-19 presents in Singapore, and how they can be overcome. To read more, click here

05 Feb 2020

NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine Assistant Professor Jyoti Somani and Professor Paul Ananth Tambyah say that COVID-19 cases may fall sharply when temperatures in China warm up. To read more, click here