How to survive the coronavirus outbreak in Singapore, according to Hollywood's best apocalypse movies of all time
Needless stockpiling of instant noodles and toilet paper, eerie desertion of popular eateries and attractions, and travel advisories for Singapore — the coronavirus pandemic doesn't look like it's slowing down anytime soon. Yet, the survival behaviours of doomsday preppers and international hysteria aren't new to most of us, exactly; we've witnessed it on-screen in Hollywood's most dramatic — and prophetic — apocalypse movies. Here's what these end-of-the-world flicks have taught us about staying alive during a viral or biohazard outbreak. Some of the movies below have been rated R, so viewer discretion is advised.
1. Prevention is better than cure
If you've been drinking your heart out or eating fast food like there's no tomorrow, now might be a good time to reevaluate your health. Instead of lying in bed, take a cue from Zombieland (2009) and get that heart rate up with some cardio and resistance training at some of Singapore's best gyms. That being said, gym-goers should step up their hygiene practices including wiping down equipment with a sanitiser after use.
2. Check yourself before you wreck yourself
While the islandwide temperature screenings are encouraging precautionary measures, it might not be sufficient. Besides developing a wellness routine that might involve some vitamin C and a tall glass of green juice in the morning, get your own thermometer for quick checkups at home and be wary of symptoms such as fever, cough, and difficulty in breathing. If you're a smoker or into vaping, it might be a good time to put down that cigarette.
3. Sanitize your hands
It has been proven that there's nothing better than washing your hands with soap, but if you're on the go, a little bit of hand sanitizer goes a long way, as seen in Contagion (2011). Before picking at food, after arriving at your destination, and during a social event — make time to clean your hands whenever you're out of the house. To help you out, we've rounded up the best sanitizers to use right now.
4. Start a quarantine party
If you are feeling unwell, stay at home! A self-imposed quarantine not only allows you to screen yourself, but it safeguards others from being infected if you happen to be contagious. Better yet, instead of heading out with friends, organise a house party. Simply ensure everyone is screened at the door and there are hand soaps in the toilets and hand sanitisers around the house.
5. Avoid airports and travelling unless absolutely necessary
Jewel Changi Airport is eerily quiet these days, and for good reason. When the altitude rises or drops, travellers start to cough and sneeze inextricably. If you must travel for business, buckle up, put a face mask, and follow supermodel Naomi Campbell's viral airport routine.
6. Go about your day
Lastly, there's no point in being hysterical. Just like in Shaun of the Dead (2004), keep calm and carry on.
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