Surviving COVID-19: Case 665, Brenda Lim

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Brenda Lim getting a nose swab test done by a medical personnel donned in full Personal Protective Equipment at D’Resort.

13 May 2020

COVID-19 circuit breaker measures may have eased since Tuesday (12 May), and we are seeing some light at the end of the grim tunnel. (Happy Meals, anyone?) The virus affects different people in various ways. For some of us, the stay-at-home experience may have been gruelling. For NUS Swimming and NUS Water Polo sportswoman, Brenda Lim who was infected with the coronavirus, it was “pretty depressing” when she was put on isolation for 18 days.

Like many NUS students, the Year 3 Business student was pumped up and ready for her once-in-a-lifetime NUS Overseas Colleges (NOC) experience. It was unforgettable for reasons she did not expect.

The school term at New York University (NYU) was in full swing and Brenda was squeezing all she could out of her exchange. Since her freshman year, Brenda has been actively involved in the NUS Water Polo team, her love for the sport led her to join the team at NYU. She participated in two tournaments before COVID-19 halted all student life. 

Then the pandemic happened. All NOC students were recalled and Brenda was no exception.

Brenda Lim (front-row, first from right) and her fellow NOC New York peers on their flight back to Singapore from New York.

Along with the rest of her NOC peers, they were checked into a hotel booked by the NUS to serve out their 14-day Stay Home Notice (SHN). Her symptoms returned while she was serving her SHN, that was when she knew something was wrong.

Brenda spent three days in the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) and 15 more in the community isolation facility, D’Resort before making a full recovery.

During which she was fortunate to have received care and concern from her teammates, friends and family.

Free of COVID-19 at last – probably the best ‘check-out’ ever. Brenda leaving D’Resort after 15 days.

“Getting over this CB is a collective effort from every single person, and we can get through this together.” 

– Brenda Lim


Writer: Low Jia Hui, Undergraduate, CNM
Images: Brenda Lim, Undergraduate, Biz
Producers: Runi Fathiyah, Elissa Chia
Editor: Elissa Chia