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Tag: Sierra Leone

Ethnography Report: COVID-19 pandemic with regards to peoples’ reaction and the future development of interactive systems

The 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) epidemic is a public health emergency of international concern and poses a challenge to not only physical health but also psychological resilience. Harnessing the power of social media, this study aims to survey the general public as to provide a detailed picture of daily life – its joys and challenges – in the context of people’s experiences and their levels of psychological impact, anxiety, depression, and stress during the global pandemic COVID-19 outbreak.

Most governments around the world have made swift response efforts since the outbreak, Within days of it first case, the global pandemic, coronavirus has seen many entire countries worldwide effectively placed under mass quarantine, while many thousands of foreign nationals returning home from overseas have been asked to self-isolate at home or in state-run facilities. Previous research has shown “a profound and wide range of psychosocial impacts on people at the individual, community, and international levels during outbreaks of infection” (Wang, et al., 2020).  With the foreclosure of businesses in the United States, nearly 20 million workers will likely be laid off or furloughed by July (Cooper & Wolfe, 2020). Also with the foreclosure of schools, worldwide, 91.3 % of enrolled students and startling 1,575,270,054 students in 191 countries are affected (UNESCO, 2020).  This is hundreds of millions of people worldwide restricted to their homes with many losing their source of livelihood. There is a wave of paranoia, economic stress, social isolation, loneliness, and experts worry about the rise in suicides (Reinberg, 2020). Also, research shows that even in non-infected communities 10% to 30% were very worried about the possibility of contracting the virus.

There is not much-known information on how coronavirus has impacted the lives of the general public, affected or otherwise, during the outbreak. To the best of my knowledge, most research focuses on identifying the clinical characteristics of infected patients, viruses, and the challenges of the government, especially in third world countries.

Therefore, harnessing the power of social media, this study goes beyond what scratching the surface, it aims to start with the general public’s perspectives about ongoing issues, as to get a detailed picture of daily life – its joys and challenges – in the context of people’s experiences during the peak of the coronavirus outbreak. This survey does not establish to serve generalizable ‘facts’ about populations as generalizing comes through triangulation and through developing and testing concepts. Insights, however, from this survey will inspire ideas to try and principles to apply for the future development of ground-breaking interactive systems. Click here to read/Download the full Ethnography Report on COVID-19


Research Study by Daverose M.M. Tholley (Sierra Leone) 



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