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Hi, Alcohol destroys the coronavirus by attacking the envelope structure of the virus through a process called denaturation. Denaturation occurs when the alcohol molecules bond with the fat membrane that encases a virus or bacteria cell. When this happens, the fat membrane is broken down and the inside of the cell with all of its critical components becomes exposed, and as a result, it starts to dissolve, and the cell quickly dies. The US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends an alcohol concentration of between 60 and 90 percent for disinfection purposes.
According to the latest (8 May 2020) MOH guidelines, dentists in private practice are not supposed to treat unwell patients with a history of close contact with COVID19 infected person(s). This means that if you are showing signs and symptoms of an upper respiratory illness (may be mild to severe) AND you have been in close contact with a suspected case of COVID19, then your dentist will have to refer you to approved institutions (National Dental Centre or National University Centre for Oral Health (NUCOHS) for treatment.
Dr Tan Yia Swam is a consultant in general surgery with a special interest in breast conditions and 15 years of experience in patient care.
Dr Tan usually sees patients at two locations. She is the Clinical Director of Thomson Breast Centre, and a visiting consultant with Nexus Surgical Associates at Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre. Due to the current Covid-19 situation, she has limited her practice to Thomson Breast Centre in keeping with MOH advice.
Dr Tan supports the medical community, having served the Singapore Medical Association (SMA) Council since 2008. She was also appointed the first Vice-President of SMA in 2019.
Dr Jipson Quah graduated with Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery from Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
As a general practitioner and a skilled pianist, he is adept with his hands and performs numerous minor surgeries. He enjoys treating both medical and surgical problems, while also focusing on the holistic wellness of the patient. He aims to provide patients with the best and yet cost-effective treatment. He is attentive to patients of all age groups and serves with kindness and compassion.
During his residency training in the renowned Division of Pathology at the Singapore General Hospital, he had the opportunity to develop his interests in Anatomical Pathology, Cytology, Molecular Pathology and Forensic Pathology. He visualises himself as a pioneering link between the pathologists, specialty clinicians, and patients and aspires to develop pathology education and the field of counselling for the patients.