Jennifer, Vietnam – Global Perspectives: Stories of Solidarity during COVID-19

At the WCIA, we understand that the outbreak of COVID-19 is difficult for so many people across the world. In uncertain times like these, it is heartwarming to see communities uniting in solidarity, and even song in some cases.We are reaching out to people worldwide to share global perspectives on COVID-19, recognising the global nature of the issue, and some of the similarities and differences of experiences in different countries. We want to identify and share the positive stories emerging from the situation as a source of inspiration for people in these challenging times.


Click here to view the Map of our Global Perspectives: solidarity stories 


Jennifer Elksnītis is from Canada but living in Vietnam

As of March 24th, an additional 11 coronavirus cases were reported in Vietnam, however no deaths have been recorded.


Jennifer says: “Here in Vietnam we’ve been in containment mode since January. So far it has worked amazingly to flatten the curve and we haven’t yet had community transmission. Schools have been closed since Jan 23.

“Our workplace is going to 50% distance work, something we never thought possible until now.

“We are at 134 cases, 0 deaths. They have tested and self-isolated or quarantined thousands of people, including entire towns at times. The first case was identified about 7-8 weeks ago. They have been highly effective at tracking contacts of cases all the way to the fourth degree out.

“They have tested and self-isolated or quarantines thousands, including entire towns at times”

“And they’ve been very big on both official quarantines and self-isolations.

“Lastly, a catchy PR campaign has been launched as well as daily text notifications and steps to take to stop the spread. Comedian John Olivier recently mentioned it on his show .”


Watch the PR campaign below:



2 thoughts on “Jennifer, Vietnam – Global Perspectives: Stories of Solidarity during COVID-19”

  1. Kris Ventris-Field

    Wow, thanks Jennifer. The drastic measures seem to be working well. Everything crossed it stays that way. Best wishes

  2. Christian

    Love this Jen. Sounds like the vietnamese are doing what we in the uk should have been doing 6 weeks ago.

    Love to Yanis and the kids.

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