Moving towards the new norm

The article published in the News Strait Times newspaper titled “No turning back to old decadent ways” describes how we should change and embrace a new normal. Two professors from the University of Malaya was asked on their opinion of what the new normal will look like.

Professor Dr Sazaly Abu Bakar pointed out: “All entities, private and government must establish workplace infection mitigation plans, which should include clearly outlined and communicated administrative policies and guidelines, standard operating procedures (SOPs), provisions for adequate relevant PPEs (Personal Protective Equipment) onsite and workplace engineering design to reduce disease transmission.”

Professor Datuk Dr Awang Bulgiba said: “We need to work on SOPs as well as a sentinel surveillance and analysis system to warn us of any potential surge in cases. For the long term, we need to work on a comprehensive Pandemic Preparedness Plan which connects the health, academic, lab and business sectors as well as step up our research into zoonotic diseases and the role of the environment in these.”

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