Mitigating the wider health effects of covid-19 pandemic response

Margaret Douglas, Srinivasa Vittal Katikireddi, Martin Taulbut, Martin McKee, Gerry McCartney

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    Abstract

    Countries worldwide are escalating responses to the Covid-19 pandemic. Responses aim to reduce transmission by reducing close contact through social distancing (Box 1). These measures have profound consequences. Several sectors are seeing steep reductions in business and there is panic buying in shops. As more restrictive policies are adopted, new social, economic, and health consequences are inevitable. The health benefits of these measures are obvious, with a slower spread of infection flattening the epidemic curve, reducing the risk of health services being overwhelmed. However, they may also prolong the pandemic, and the restrictions adopted to mitigate it.1 Policymakers need to balance these considerations while paying attention to broader impacts on health and health equity.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article numberm1557
    JournalBritish Medical Journal (BMJ)
    Volume369
    Early online date27 Apr 2020
    DOIs
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 27 Apr 2020

    Keywords

    • Administrative Personnel
    • Adolescent
    • Aged
    • Betacoronavirus
    • Child
    • Coronavirus Infections/economics
    • Family Health
    • Female
    • Health Status Disparities
    • Healthcare Disparities
    • Humans
    • Infection Control/methods
    • Male
    • Pandemics/economics
    • Pneumonia, Viral/economics
    • Public Policy
    • Social Control, Formal
    • Social Isolation
    • Vulnerable Populations
    • Young Adult

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