Thomas Chia's Oral History

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Thomas Chia's Oral History

Synopsis

• Thomas Chia (pseudonym), interviewee is 30 years old, Chinese Singaporean, PhD candidate studying in the UK
• Personal experience and perception of the global spread of Covid-19
• Flying back to Singapore from the UK at the beginning of the pandemic
• Impacts of Covid-19 on academic life, family, Singapore society
• Personal experience of contracting Covid-19, hospital and quarantine in Singapore
• Mental strain of remaining in quarantine facility
• Role of personal religion during quarantine experience
• ‘Circuit breaker’ policies and government control orders in Singapore
• Discussion and perceptions of TraceTogether controversy
• Comparison of Singapore and UK Covid-19 measures
• Family and personal adaptations to working from home
• Interest in volunteering for medical experiments on Covid-19 survivors
• Parents’ experience in Ecuador at the beginning of the pandemic
• Role of Internet memes in understanding the pandemic
• Discussion of some positive effects of Covid-19 on society

Date Created

Interview session 1: January 22, 2021
Interview session 2: January 25, 2021

Language of interview

English

Index

Biography 1-2, 27, see also ‘Job’
Border restrictions/closures (parents’ experience) 55-57
Changes to daily routine
-Meals 22-23
-Space 24
-Work see ‘Job’
Comparisons
-Measures against terrorism 52
-SARS 3-4, 26-27
-Singapore versus UK’s handling of the pandemic 40-46
Daily life necessities
-Food 11, 17-18, 46
--Food delivery 18, 25
--Takeaway 25
Description of Covid-19 3-4
Experience of returning home during the pandemic 6-7
-Precautions taken after landing 21-22
-Stay-home notice experience 8-11
Infection by Covid-19, see also ‘Post Covid-19 infection’
-Costs of treatment 53
-Initial reactions when symptoms occurred 62-63
-Initial symptoms 9, 62
-Reactions from others 49-50
-Stay at hospital 12-14, 23
-Stay at quarantine facility 12, 14-20, 27, 47
--Anger at healthcare workers 19-20
--Prayers 19, 27
-Testing procedure for suspected cases 9-10
Information sources on Covid-19 and related measures 3-4, 7-8, 41-42, 61-62
-Air-conditioning and Covid-19 16-17
-Initial reactions to information 5-6
-Smelling salts and Covid-19 16-17
Job
-PhD 3, 7
--Defense of thesis 23
-Work from home 22, 26, 64
Memes
-Wearing masks 61-62
-Lo hei in an MRT 60-61
Post Covid-19 hopes 64-65
Post Covid-19 infection
-Check-ups 51
-Interviews 28
-Release from quarantine 20-21, 33
-Requests to take part in medical studies 51-52
Psychological impacts
-Bitterness 19-20
-Demoralization 16
-Positive aspects of Covid-19 22-23
-Stress 15-16
Relationships 17, 19, 21-23, 47-48
Response measures for Covid-19
-Assistance for Covid-19 relief 46-47
-Breaking rules 34-35
-Consequences for breaking rules 34-35
-Government measures
--Chartering flights 4-6
--Overview 30-33
--QR code scanning when entering establishments 40-41
--Stay-home notices 8-9, 22
--Testing procedure for suspected cases 9-10
--TraceTogether 35-39, see also ‘Reactions to measures’
-Quarantine/self-isolation, see ‘Infection by Covid-19’
-Reactions to measures
--Memes, see ‘Memes’
--Personal 2, 40-41, 43-46
---TraceTogether 39-40, 65
Treatment for Covid-19 patients, see ‘Infection by Covid-19’

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