After close to two months of circuit breaker (a stringent set of prevent measures in response to the growing number of new Covid-19 cases), Singapore is preparing to reopen soon, albeit in phases. On Tuesday, 2 June 2020, phase 1 will commence.
During this phase, some activities will gradually re-open. For starter, some businesses can resume with Safe Management measures in place. Households can receive 2 visitors – children/grandchildren from the same household – per day. Primary and secondary school graduating cohorts attend school daily. Other students alternate between Home-Based Learning (HBL) and school.
As we continue to practice social distancing in the name of the public’s health and safety, we can still come together to support local businesses. All with a simple group buy order. Here are some group buy offers you can jio your neighbours post Covid-19 circuit breaker.
P.S. Talk to Business Providers you trust and know to see if they can offer group buy so you and your neighbours (or friends) can buy at bulk-pricing!
Post Covid-19 Circuit Breaker Group Buy Deals
1. Bird’s Nest
When you visit your parents’ home, don’t just go there empty-handed. Practice filial piety and show up with some tonic gifts such as bird’s nest!
According to Chinese Traditional Medicine, bird’s nest can improve our health and immune system. It is traditionally used to clear phlegm, ease chronic dry coughs and relieve fatigue – common ailments as we get older. Other benefits include stimulating and improving the appetite, digestion and skin complexion.
Examples: Hock Hua Tonic, Natural Brand, Dragon Brand
2. Ginseng Essence
Ginseng essence is another great purchase you can group buy with your neighbours.
For centuries, ginseng has been used in traditional Chinese medicine. It has beneficial antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and has been shown to help fight fatigue and promote energy. Other known benefits of ginseng include reducing risks of certain cancers as well as improving brain functions like memory, behaviour and mood.
Now, isn’t this just perfect for grandparents who are helping to take care of their grand-kids?
Examples: Hao Yi Kang
Although circuit breaker measures will relax over time, the government is still encouraging vulnerable groups such as senior citizens to stay at home for the time being. That’s why group-buying fruits make sense. Buy more with bulk pricing and you can bring some over when you visit or drop off the kids. One less reason for them to leave the house unnecessarily!
Examples: Fresh SG, H&Z Global, Freshly Picked
4. Professional Cleaning Service
Since the introduction of the circuit breaker, most Singaporeans have been working from home, leaving offices unmaintained for close to 2 months. However, before you and your colleagues return to the office, consider enlisting professional help to clean the office first. High quality and professional cleaning with disinfection of surfaces make the office environment hygienic and healthy for everyone to return.
Examples: Whissh, Office Cleanz, Luce Maintenance Group
5. Hand Sanitizers
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend hand washing with soap and water as one of the most effective ways to remove germs, prevent the spread of germs to others and avoid getting sick. Associate Professor Kenneth Mak, director of medical services at the Ministry of Health (MOH) shares the same sentiment.
However, when you are out and about after the circuit breaker, regular hand washing may not a feasible option. Therefore, it is wise to stay vigilant with hand sanitizers. Sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol content kill germs most effectively.
Examples: Singapore Soap, Hand Sanitizer SG, Horme Hardware
6. Face Masks
As of 14 April 2020, you are required to wear a mask if you need to leave your house. Therefore, it makes sense to buy masks in bulk with your neighbours!
In a recent study, researchers in Hong Kong found that wearing surgical masks can significantly reduce the rate of airborne Covid-19 transmission by as much as 75%. It also plays a part in preventing you from spreading the virus to others, should you be infected, but asymptomatic.
How Mask Minimizes The Spread of Covid-19?
When people are sick and cough or sneeze without wearing a mask, the droplets they produce which contain viruses can travel 2-3 metres away. If these droplets land on someone else’s face, or a surface which is touched by someone else, it may make the person sick. And that is why people should wear masks to minimize the spread of Covid-19, especially given the possibility that there are people who have the coronavirus in their bodies and can spread it but are not showing any symptoms.
Examples: Horme Hardware, Zheng Fa Trading, PPM Medical
7. Face Mask Storage Cases
What to do when you need to remove your face mask for a meal, but would like to continue using it afterwards? Store it well, of course!
A face mask storage case helps to keep your face masks clean. It is easy to carry and most are designed to store at least 2 masks. Storing your mask in a case effectively isolates it from contact with dust, dirt and bacterial invasion when not in use.
Examples: Axxel Marketing, SOL HOME
8. Face Shields
According to the Ministry of Health, you can also choose to wear a face shield should you prefer to post circuit breaker.
Unlike a face mask, a face shield covers your whole face, from ear to ear and forehead to chin. It acts as a barrier, protecting your eyes and other parts of the face from droplets that may contain virus particles from a sick/asymptomatic person.
Examples: Horme Hardware, Obbo
9. UV Box Sanitisers
We all know our mobile phones are covered in germs. Disinfecting could definitely help stop diseases from spreading. And that is where ultraviolet (UV) box sanitisers become handy. They offer a safe and convenient way to sanitise your gadgets. Some even let you charge your smartphone wirelessly!
While there are no definitive studies yet on the effectiveness of both UV box sanitisers and UV light itself as a germicide against Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes the Covid-19 disease, it is a scientific fact that UV light is highly effective at killing germs.
Associate Professor Richard Sugrue from the School of Biological Sciences in Nanyang Technological University notes that UV light – in particular UV-C light – disrupts the DNA of germs and viruses, thereby killing them or rendering them inactive. UV-C is a band in the UV spectrum with wavelengths between 200 and 280 nanometers.
Examples: Momax, Ante Shop
10. Portable and Reusable Utensils
Dining during the Covid-19 pandemic – even post circuit breaker – can be nerve-wracking for someone with a little bit of OCD. You can’t help but wonder if the disposable utensils that come with your takeaway order are clean. For that peace of mind, consider bringing your own utensils. Best part? You are helping reduce single-wise plastic waste in the long run!
Examples: Style Degree, Your Sustainable Store
Talked to some Business Providers and one is willing to give you a special group buy deal? Don’t forget to use EstateJio app to host your group buy!
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