Issue 128 | Jan-Mar 2022

The COVID-19 Chronicles

Singapore’s Journey from Pandemia to Peri-Pandemic Limbo

Authored by Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore and illustrated by Mr Andrew Tan and Ms Anngee Neo.

The COVID-19 Chronicles Book Cover
No one is safe until everyone is safe. Singapore’s struggle against the coronavirus mirrors those being waged by countries everywhere against a relentless, invisible enemy. In times of crisis, confusion and pandemonium abound. Sensing a need for simple and concise public health education and information that could help people to make sense of a bewildering new abnormal, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine launched a long-running series of illustrated stories on social media platforms. The COVID-19 Chronicles quickly took off, drawing the attention of the WHO’s Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network, which arranged for the series to be shared with other countries.

This book features every Chronicles story published, and tells the story of the work behind the scenes to bring each episode to life. Offering bite-sized explanations of issues and topics seeded by the pandemic’s global march, the Chronicles prods readers to stay safe, while also providing a humorous take on Singaporean life in the time of COVID-19.

“Singapore’s health response to COVID-19 has been an international exemplar. Integration of the country’s world-class medical research with its superb healthcare system enabled a science-led approach to the pandemic that provides myriad lessons for other nations. 

The COVID-19 Chronicles tells the compelling story of the coronavirus in Singapore. By promoting facts over fake news, this book shows why successful communication is an indispensable, but too often neglected, part of public health. Smart, insightful and urgent.” 
Mr Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief, The Lancet

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