Beyond the virus: society, behaviours, pandemics and infodemic
LIVE STREAMING EVENT
Chairperson: Gilberto Corbellini
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact across the globe, challenging healthcare, social, and economic systems. While the threat has fuelled an enormous number of biological, clinical, and welfare studies, psychosocial difficulties correlated with these aspects have received little attention. Research funds have been channelled exclusively to virology, clinical, and pharmacology studies during this period. Yet individual and group behaviour directly shape both the spread and containment of the pandemic, and so should be the target of in-depth scientific analysis alongside purely clinical and biological studies. The consequences of the pandemic and of lockdown measures on different social classes must be rigorously investigated. This presentation will address the COVID-19 pandemic’s main psychosocial consequences and the most effective strategies to limit its impact upon the population at large and the most vulnerable social groups. Several pertinent quantitative studies carried out in Italy, as well as a wide-ranging European research project, will be discussed.