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The Big Read: Everyone's keen to move on from the pandemic. For some, it's not so easy — but they're trying

The Big Read: Everyone's keen to move on from the pandemic. For some, it's not so easy — but they're trying

(Clockwise from top) Mr Firdaus Abdul Hamid, Madam Sandy Goh, Mr Derrick Yip, Mr Tang Meng Kit and Ms Judy Lang

After over two years of enduring the pain and strain wrought by the coronavirus, life on the island has finally regained some semblance of normalcy.

While many are keen to leave the pandemic behind them, as Singapore approaches its second month of Covid-19 endemicity, it has not been so easy for those who were directly affected by the unprecedented crisis to move on.

Some interviewees told TODAY that there are often daily reminders of the ones they have lost to the virus, and that it is hard not to question whether the outcome would have been different had they taken different decisions and acted differently.

Others, whose livelihoods were affected by the pandemic, talked about hitting rock bottom as they struggled to adjust to a new life they suddenly found themselves in.

But a common thread that bound all those interviewed was that they either eventually found the resolve to move on, or other ways to cope with their situation, such as by lending a helping hand to others who were in more dire circumstances than them.

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