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Southeast Asia: Contact Tracing A COVID-19 Hoax

Remember the COVID-19 hoax claiming that alkaline foods can protect you from the virus? This feature, which does ‘contact tracing’ of its viral trail across countries and languages, shows that as challenging as fact checking is, the work must continue.

Thailand In A Pressure Cooker

Thailand’s management of COVID-19 has earned praises. But as the pandemic persists, the country’s pre-existing challenges in development are starting to show – and cause worries.

When Science Meets Real-life Food Habits

Life doesn’t unfold in a petri dish, so our food habits need to be part of campaigns to take out harmful trans fats. Check out our data on cardiovascular health in Southeast Asia. (First of a two-part story set.)

Prescription: A Dose of Nutrition Literacy

Industrial trans fats are still allowed in majority of Southeast Asian countries, and the harm they cause are not quite common knowledge in the region. (Last part of a two-part story set.)

Could COVID-19 Give New Wind to Renewable Energy?

The idea of dropping fossil-fuel investments was unimaginable not too long ago, but there are signs this has become an obvious – and hard-nosed – business choice at the time of COVID-19.

Q&A: Seafarers Cross Off Days Till They Go Home

Working at sea is challenging enough. But the pandemic has been a particularly lonely test of mental and emotional resilience for seafarers, due to the nature of their jobs, Helen Sampson, director of Cardiff University’s Seafarers International Research Centre, tells Reporting ASEAN.

Filipino Seafarers Find Their Future, and Lives, Adrift 

Seafarers make up bulk of Filipino workers returning home without jobs amid COVID-19. But home isn’t the best the place to be – many face stigma, and the Philippine economy is in dire straits. Filipinos make up a third of cruise ship staff worldwide. By the Reporting ASEAN team.

 

COVID-19: For Vietnam, Information Is A Public-Health Weapon

Vietnam pulled out all the stops in its campaign on COVID-19, wading into the digital venues where citizens, especially millennials, could be reached. Just about everywhere Vietnamese looked, they read, heard, saw material about the pandemic –  in TikTok, Zalo, Facebook, mobile phone/voice messages, and catchy hashtags like #stayinghomeisfun. Uyen Diep and Ha Dang report.

SOUTHEAST ASIA: News Interest High, Trust In Media Low

Can Southeast Asians trust less and less the news, as they consume more of such news, mainly in online venues? Can they turn to social media to access news, but distrust social media at the same time? These appear to be case, writes Reporting ASEAN’s Johanna Son in this story on the ‘2020 Digital News Report’ that was released in June 2020.

Welcome to the Pandemic-friendly Home

‘Space’ has acquired a new meaning, and value in the COVID-19 era, given the restrictions on mobility in a public health emergency. Two Indonesian architects rethink the home as a community of sorts, not as a hideout shaped by fear. Kanis Dursin reports.

COVID-19: Let’s Hear It From The Kids

If you think kids don’t get what COVID-19 is, think again.  In this six-minute video story by Yasmin Mapua Tang of Probe Media Foundation Inc, they tell us what know about COVID-19 and how they process life during  the pandemic.

Already Low in Numbers, Nurses Take Tough Hit from COVID-19

COVID-19 has stirred an outpouring of support for nurses, who are often the first responders in public health emergencies. But it has also shown up the looming shortage of nurses worldwide, and the costs of outmigration of health professionals from  developing countries that need them. Yvonne T Chua tells us more in this Reporting ASEAN article.

Strict, Stricter, Strictest? ASEAN Countries’ Restrictions Amid COVID-19

As of 30 March, the three ASEAN countries that have the highest level of stringency are: Vietnam (100), Laos (95.24), the Philippines (90.48). When, and which restrictions the region’s governments took, are captured in this  infographic that draws out data from the Stringency Index of the Government Response Tracker of  Oxford University, UK.

COVID-19 Disrupts the Philippines’ Migration Story

The Philippines, the world’s top exporter of labour, is seeing group after group of overseas workers return after losing their jobs in the wake of the economic shock dealt by the COVID-19 crisis. The country has never seen anything like this in its 50 years of experience in labour exports. How will the pandemic change migration? Johanna Son of Reporting ASEAN reports in this Q&A chat.

Life In The Time of COVID-19: Spaces

A series of photos, this one themed around how our living spaces in Southeast Asia look and feel like, as we struggle to cope with the #COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you to our contributors, and we’re open to more.

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