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Experts studying impact of virus on S'pore society and behaviour

May 25, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
Experts are looking into them to better understand the virus' socio-behavioural impact.

Experts stressed that while the medical and physical implications of the virus have already been acutely felt, such behavioural impact is no less critical.

National Centre for Infectious Diseases executive director Leo Yee Sin said that while it is important to study disease impact on an individual, it is of equal or greater importance to examine how this individual can impact the broader community.

To this end, the NCID, the National University of Singapore Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health and the Nanyang Technological University Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information are working on four studies focusing on how the Covid-19 outbreak is shaping and being shaped by social and behavioural factors in the population.

The studies will examine public perceptions about the virus and the public's response to interventions by the health authorities, the influence of mainstream and social media on public preparedness during a pandemic as well as the correlation between mitigation methods and social cohesion.