The dreadful haze is back, and here’s what you need to know

By September 20, 2019Current

TL;DR – Here we go again.

Yes, it’s back. The dreadful haze is back again.

And for the first time in three years, the air quality in Singapore fell within the unhealthy range last Saturday.

To make matters worse, there were reports that N95 masks were sold out at some retail stores in Singapore.

Oh no, does that mean that I need to stock up on my N95 masks now?

You might ask.

But hold your horses (and your kiasu-ism) if you are preparing for a dash out to the nearest pharmacy or supermarket to stock up on the N95 masks.

You don’t have to worry masks getting sold out at all. The National Environment Agency (NEA) has announced in a Facebook post last Saturday that there are sufficient N95 masks in the warehouses and Government stockpiles.

In fact, the Government has a national stockpile of 16 million N95 masks that can be released to retailers in the market when their stocks run out.

Why don’t the Government release all the masks to the market at once?

Well, this is to combat panic buying.

Can you imagine if the masks were released all at once, and some selfish prick out there decides to start hoarding all of them and then profit from it by selling them at an inflated price?

That was exactly what happened during the haze crisis in 2013.

Thankfully, back then, NTUC FairPrice decided to cap the price of the masks and limit the number of masks one person can buy so that there are enough masks for Singapore’s need.

Or else Singaporeans would either have to buy the masks at a ridiculously high price tag or be left with no mask at all.

Okay, so where can I buy a mask?

Masks are available at major pharmacies and supermarkets, such as Unity, Watsons, Guardian, Cold Storage, Giant, and NTUC FairPrice.

How do I ensure that I’m wearing my mask correctly?

Follow the six simple steps below:

Can I reuse a mask?

According to NEA, yes, you can reuse your N95 mask.

However, you should change your mask when it is soiled or distorted in shape.

And nope, you should not share your mask with others.

Where can I check the haze readings?

You can check the haze readings on the NEA’s website.

Alternatively, for iPhone users, you can download the SG Air app from the App Store on your iPhone to track for updates. If you are an Android user, you can download the SG Air app from the Google Play Store.

Courtesy of Mdm Ho Ching, because #HoChingCares.

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