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The pandemic is more than expected, but many are more prepared than a year ago to take safe management measures, a new poll revealed.The survey of 1,000 people 16 years old and older noted that nearly 80% felt that the pandemic is now over.It also found a high degree of trust in Singapore’s outbreak management, with 24% firmly committing to controlling the pandemic and 53% approvingly agreeing.The other 23% indicated either a neutral response or disagreed with it.

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However, 62 percent said they are more likely now than last year during the circuit breaker to wear their mask properly.

Likewise, 54% are more likely than a year ago to see one meter away from others, whereas 34% said they would not have changed their chances of doing so.

CONTRAST 

The survey conducted by The Straits Times (ST) between March 25th and March 29th this year by Milieu Insight also showed that three-five percent said that they were more likely to have only mild symptoms with a doctor, whereas 44% said they were not likely.

It was rejected by39%, while 24% agreed that safe management measures were excessive and should be relaxed.In contrast to a ST survey last August, 44 percent of people fatigued by safety measures. This is not true.

Associate Professor Hsu Li Yang, Dean of Global Health and Infectieous Disease Leader Program at the Saw Swee Hock Public Health School of the National University of Singapore, has pointed out that there was no visible end to safe management action last August.

However, now that vaccines are being developed, people can see that limitations are likely to be lowered in the near future.He added that there is more likely to be pandemic fatigue based on cultural factors, incertitude and several episodes of increased or decreased constraints.

However, since it breaks down the circuit, Singapore does not generally need to increase and gradually relax safe management measures.

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The recent survey results, Professor Josip Car, Director of Center for Population Health Science at the Lee-Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University, called “Singapore a big win.”
He said: “It shows that the coordinated communications around the virus and safe management measures have had a successful impact on people.

EXIT STRATEGY

“While there have been elements of public criticism, which is expected and necessary to have in good governance, those statistics reflect the understanding and cooperation of the people towards the measures laid out.”

Prof Car said it might be worth examining the concerns of the 23 per cent who did not feel Singapore has the pandemic under control.

“It also shows there are no laurels to rest on – having a pandemic ‘under control’ is quite different from exiting it,” he said.

“I anticipate that to be the next step. People would be understandably looking towards a clear pandemic exit strategy for Singapore.”

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1 in 3 people here says his mental well-being has worsened: Poll


A survey of 1,000 in Singapore has shown that about one out of three people feel psychotherapy has worsened since a circuit breaker began a year ago.Mental health has been under consideration since the pandemic began and 31% reported that their mental wellbeing has “degraded somewhat,” commissioned by The Straits Times and directed by online research company Milieu Insight.

Five percent reported “much more” deterioration.

In October of last year, in response to the pandemic needs, the Government convened a Covid-19 Mental Wellness Taskforce.In March of this year, the task force was announced as a cross-agency platform for mental health control and well-being beyond the pandemic.

Professor Chua Hong Choon, the head of the Task Force, specifically refused to comment on the finding, where 36% of those surveyed recognized their decline in mental well-being.

But he said that, as a rule, the well-being of the people has worsened since the breaker.”Humans are social animals, and the circuit breaker heightened our loss of social connectedness, affecting people of all ages,” said Prof Chua, who is also deputy group chief executive officer (clinical) of the National Healthcare Group.

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He said working adults may have seen relationships with colleagues fray and stress rise due to work from home arrangements.

“The social aspect of work was lost, teams were not able to bond and people were stressed out by technical issues at home,” said Prof Chua.

Seniors could have experienced a sense of isolation because extended family members were unable to visit and they could not meet their friends regularly.


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“The disruption to our economy also affected the livelihoods and career opportunities of many residents, although timely support by the Government has helped to cushion the impact,” he added.

While the task force had previously presented plans to help tackle the issue, Prof Chua said there were things people could do to help one another.In addition to looking out for one another’s well-being, people could consider volunteering or participating in community mental health events to learn more about mental health issues, and encourage others to do so as well, said Prof Chua.

He added: “In our daily lives, let’s empathise and appreciate that many people are going through challenging periods. Be more understanding if there are delays or things don’t go as smoothly as before. Be kinder, more thoughtful, more patient.”


Her childhood interest in fixing computers now a blessing to the poor


What began as a volunteer for two hours is now a year away – and Ms. Lim May-Ann is not scheduled to stop.Last year Ms. Lim, 40, went to a Facebook mail, requesting assistance with the renovation and reparation of laptops for families with low incomes.

She approached behind the post the non-profit group Engineering Good without hesitation.Ms. Lim’s father was a volunteer group running Enable 2000, which has upgraded computers for disabled people.
“Instead of playing with regular toys as a kid, I would play with screwdrivers. I also watched and learnt at my dad’s workshop when I was older,” said Ms Lim.
“(Engineering Good’s initiative) merged my desire to do something and my ability to do it, so I volunteered.”

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Ms Lim was told to head to Engineering Good’s office for a session, which she thought would last just two hours. It did not.Struck by just how many families needed laptops and how many of the devices needed repair, Ms Lim stayed for six hours that day.

She continued to help out in the weeks ahead, repairing at least 100 laptops in two months during the circuit breaker.”I stopped counting after that,” she said.

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COMPUTERS AGAINST COVID

All this was part of the initiative of Engineering Good’s Computers Against Covid to collect, repair and distribute old computers to those who are unable to afford one of their own.The initiative began with approximately 5 active volunteers and since then it has reached approximately 200, said Ms Lim.

Ms Lim currently heads the Digital literacy programs and supervises the Digital Inclusive Communities project for engineering goods.In this regard, the project seeks, as part of the Group’ s broader Digital Inclusion Strategy, the installation of block-wide Internet access at broadband speeds for rental flats.Ms. Lim used to travel two weeks every month as managing director of the TRPC research consulting company as well as managing director of the Asia Cloud Computing Association.

But Covid-19 and the breaker of the circuit meant that she spent more time at home to help the community.

Ms Lim is volunteering for good engineering now for approximately four hours a week.
“It’s really great working with people who care, are like-minded, and have the same quirky sense of humour. I’ll be here a while,” she said.

Source: The New Paper

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