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4 Similarities and Differences Between COVID-19 Vaccine and Phix Customer App.

When PM Lee announced that we would be moving into Phase 3 on the 28th of the month, it was all anyone could talk about. Gatherings can take place in groups of 8 instead of 5, and the first batch of vaccines has already touched down on Singaporean land.

It might be a little tough to imagine what the title is talking about, but in the broadest sense, both the vaccine and app are lifesavers – albeit in different ways. 

Similarities

Lifesavers

The vaccine – without needing an explanation – saves lives in the literal sense. The immunity that it promises from the current pandemic has created great hope in the hearts of the Singapore community, and there is great anticipation regarding PM Lee’s statement that there will be enough to go around for everyone by the third quarter of 2021

Phix helps make life easier in a slightly different way. With over 300 services available, ranging from housekeeping to business analysis to guitar lessons, this on-demand app gives customers a wide range of services to choose from. 

And it gets better. The islandwide coverage of Phix allows you to access providers in your geo-location. Need a service immediately? You got it. Want to schedule for sometime in the future? We have you covered on that front as well. 

Free to Get

The Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine is free to all Singaporeans and long-term residents, exactly like the Phix Customer App. There is no charge for signing up and customers have the liberty to book as many services as they wish to or deem necessary. 

Apart from that, both the sign-up and vaccine administration are on a voluntary basis. Essentially, you call the shots. 

Quick

How long has it ever taken you to have a vaccine administered? Even if you are someone who does not do well with needles, you hardly realise when it started and when it ended while the doctor tries to distract you with soothing words of encouragement. Not even five heartbeats and the whole thing is over.

Well, it may take longer than just mere seconds to make a booking on Phix, but once you know the exact service you want, the booking process is a breeze. 

Simply select your service, key in your location, choose your provider and preferred timeslot, and you are good to go.

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Difference

Simplicity of Storage

There are not many differences between both products that comes to mind, but this is definitely one of them. 

The Pfizer vaccines need to be stored at negative 70 degrees Celsius, and this sets off an entire supply chain where the appropriate facilities to make ideal storage conditions possible need to be manufactured or shipped over. This in turn translates to considerable costs for the government. 

Using the Phix app, on the other hand, is nothing if not easy and convenient. You will agree once you start using it. 

At the end of the day, the one thing you can’t deny is that having both of these will give you nothing to lose but everything to gain, be it in terms of health or peace of mind. Skeptical? Think about it again once you’ve got your vaccine and made your first booking on the Phix Customer App.

Shreyaa Kanneboina, PR and Marketing Executive

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How Covid-19 Has Affected Us Not Physically, But Mentally.

When the pandemic first hit, people everywhere were being uncomfortably and unwillingly shut in the confines of their houses, and it took a long time to get used to the concept of staying in and working from home. As months passed and this arrangement looked as though it were here to stay for a long time, workplaces were compelled to turn to technology in ways that would take the place of real-life human interaction as much as possible. 

And all of a sudden, activity on Zoom, Microsoft teams, Skype, and several other video-calling and communication platforms spiked to compensate for the inability to meet and work together. Officegoers now had the option to simply roll out of bed 15 minutes before they had to attend for a meeting, or now use that time to actually get cracking on the exercise schedule they previously never had the time for. 

Over time, people actually started liking the comfort of the situation and were getting settled into this new way of life. But of course, the circuit-breaker phase had to end sometime. So, offices resumed operations and employees now had to head back to work, albeit not all on a daily basis. 

All this makes it sound as though Singaporeans are very good at accepting and going with the flow, but is it all really as seamless as it seems? Mental health, for one – or the lack of it – has taken a toll on the employed during these evidently-long months of working from home. 

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According to a survey done by National University Health System’s (NUHS) Mind Science Centre, 61 percent of the employed population working from home are experiencing stress due to it, with over half of the same group saying they feel stressed at home itself. These figures are greater in comparison to the front-liners of the pandemic situation, who report only 53 percent and 32 percent of stress-experiences at work and home respectively. 

In addition to that, the same survey tells us that a greater proportion of the females are experiencing these negative mental health effects as compared to their male counterparts. 61.3 percent as compared to less than 50 percent are feeling stressed about work while the numbers talking about stress at home are 50.2 percent versus 45.5. 

Gender aside, the different age groups are affected differently as well. A second survey conducted by NUHS reveals to us to the younger generation feels less mentally resilient. To sum it up, half of the respondents aged above 45 felt more adept at being able to handle emotions such as sadness and anxiety compared to 40 percent of the younger ones. Half of the latter often found themselves having morbid thoughts and fears regarding their loved ones’ and own well-beings. 

These percentages might perhaps mean more to you if I tell you that they were derived from a total of almost 3,300 participants for both surveys combined. If these results are indicative of a mere fraction of our community, I personally cannot even begin to imagine the nationwide mental impact that Covid-19 has had on us. 

All this information and figures can be found in the Straits Times article I referenced above. However, I believe that repetition is reinforcement, and the fact of the situation has to be made known to the readers through these stark, rigid numbers. 

Shreyaa Kanneboina, PR & Marketing Executive

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