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Responding to COVID-19



Responding to COVID-19

Learn how the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information is committed to supporting our communities and partners in the global fight against COVID-19.


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Our Research

 


Global Sentiments Surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic on Twitter: Analysis of Twitter Trends


By May Oo Lwin, Jiahui Lu, Anita Sheldenkar, Peter Johannes Schulz, Wonsun Shin, Raj Gupta, Yinping Yang.
Originally published in JMIR Public Health and Surveillance, 22 May 2020 
Funded by: National Medical Research Council COVID-19 Research Fund
Photo: Unsplash / Martin Bjork

​​With the World Health Organization’s pandemic declaration and government-initiated actions against coronavirus disease (COVID-19), sentiments surrounding COVID-19 have evolved rapidly. This study aimed to examine worldwide trends of four emotions—fear, anger, sadness, and joy—and the narratives underlying those emotions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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When Viruses and Misinformation Spread: How Young Singaporeans Navigated Uncertainty in the Early Stages of the COVID-19 Outbreak

Effects of COVID-19 Misinformation on Information Seeking, Avoidance and Processing:
A multicountry Comparative Study

​By Edson C. Tandoc Jr. and James Chong Boi Lee
Funded by: WhatsApp Research Award
and MOE Tier 1 Grant
Photo credit: Unsplash / Devin Avery

By Kim Hye Kyung, Jisoo Ahn, Lucy Atkinson and Lee Ann Kahlor
Published September 13, 2020
Photo credit: Unsplash / Jae Park


Guided by the frameworks of uncertainty management
and sensemaking during crises, this study examined how young adults in Singapore managed uncertainty
around the COVID-19 outbreak.
This study highlights negative consequences of misinformation during a global pandemic and addresses possible cultural and situational differences in how people interpret and respond to misinformation.





 

In the News



Lessons learnt from Singapore's first true Internet election


Published in The Straits Times, 15 July

Photo: Desmond Foo

​​A disadvantage of e-rallies is that parties lose opportunities to connect emotionally to voters, said Prof Ang Peng Hwa from NTU’s Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information.
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6 in 10 people have received fake C​OVID-19 news,
likely on social media: Survey

New studies by local researchers explore social impact of COVID-19 outbreak in Singapore

​Published on CNAOnline, 21 May
Photo credit: Unsplash / NordWood Themes

​Published on TODAYOnline, 21 May
Photo credit: TODAY


NTU's Prof May O. Lwin said researchers have used the
term "infodemic" to describe this tsunami of information surrounding COVID-19 that refers not only to a
deluge of information, but to the fact that the
information could not be verified and
much of it is probably not accurate.

The studies, conducted by the NCID, NUS, and NTU,
look at the public’s perception of the Covid-19 outbreak,
the role of mainstream media and social media
during the pandemic, and the experiences
of Covid-19 patients before and after
recovering from the disease.


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Student Initiatives

With love, WKWSCI. (Cover of Comethru by Jeremy Zucker)


Our students are ​sending some positivity, laughter and emotion through music in the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic, and hope it'll brighten your day. In these dire times, some of us turn to the arts, no matter what form that may be. We hope you find one that brings you joy during these times.


Coping with COVID: Singaporean Students on Their Experiences Abroad


10 Singaporean students who were abroad during the surge of cases opened up about their experiences before their eventual return home.


Coping with COVID: Finding Grace and Gratitude while Staying at Home


With all the bad news constantly going around, it's hard not to be caught up with the negativity. We hope this video helps shed light on the difficulties we are all facing, as well as provide advice on how to ride this out.


Coping with COVID: Staying Positive while Testing Positive


University students A J Jennevieve and Shermaine Sng tested positive for COVID-19 upon their return home from an internship stint at NYC. In this video, they share their story, as well as tips on keeping occupied while in isolation.


Coping with COVID: To our Frontliners, With Love


We would like to express our gratitude to this group of people who've been working tirelessly on the frontlines every day amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

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WKWSCI Unplugged


WKWSCI Unplugged is dedicated to all healthcare heroes out there, our friends on SHN, our alumni in the media industry, and all those affected by COVID-19.