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It's just that uncertainty that eats away at people: Antarctic expeditioners' lived experiences of COVID-19
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-21, 14:50 authored by Meredith NashMeredith Nash, Elizabeth LeaneElizabeth Leane, Kimberley NorrisKimberley Norris
With Antarctic expeditioners popularly portrayed in the media during the pandemic as both heroic stalwarts better equipped than any other people to deal with the rigours of isolation and, paradoxically, the only people untouched by the virus, it was all too easy to ignore the actual experiences of those working in the continent. Drawing on the experiences of expeditioners in the Australian Antarctic Program from 2019-21, this article provides a counter to popular media perspective by exploring how COVID-19 protocols – including quarantine and social distancing – affected expeditioners’ individual well-being and their experiences of the social environment. We argue that Antarctic life during COVID-19 has not been as detached from the rest of the world nor as heroic as the popular media has suggested, but nonetheless provides important insights for survival in isolated, confined, and extreme environments (ICE) and non-ICE environments at a time of pandemic.
Publication titlePLOS ONE
Department/SchoolSchool of Social Sciences
PublisherPublic Library of Science
Place of publicationUnited States
Rights statement© 2022 Nash et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).