How can we involve communities in managing the covid-19 pandemic?

Lucy Yardley, Richard Amlôt, Cathy Rice, Charlotte Robin, Susan F Michie

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Abstract

Lucy Yardley, Richard Amlôt, Cathy Rice, Charlotte Robin, and Susan Michie share strategies to enhance community engagement and cooperation during the covid-19 pandemic

Infection control measures based on restricting movement and interpersonal contact can be effective in slowing down the transmission of infection, giving healthcare systems more time and capacity to cope with covid-19. These measures will only be effective if as many community members as possible are able to implement them as fully as possible. As we enter the period of pandemic management that will require people to self-impose difficult restrictions on their activities, it is vital to understand how to engage and involve everyone in this communal effort.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBMJ Opinion
Publication statusPublished - 17 Mar 2020

Bibliographical note

Yardley is affiliated to National Institute for Health Research Applied Research Collaboration West at University of Bristol and Biomedical Research Centre at University of Southampton.

Amlôt is affiliated to the National Institute for Health Research Health Protection Research Unit in Emergency Preparedness and Response at King’s College London, and Evaluation of Interventions at the University of Bristol, in partnership with Public Health England.

Michie is affiliated to the National Institute for Health Research Behaviour Science Policy Research Unit at University College London.

The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR, the Department of Health and Social Care, or Public Health England. The funders played no role in the writing of the manuscript of the decision to submit it for publication.

Structured keywords

  • Physical and Mental Health
  • Covid19

Keywords

  • coronavirus
  • covid-19
  • Pandemic

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