The importance of structural factors in COVID-19 response in Western Pacific

Pak, Anton, and Adegboye, Oyelola A. (2021) The importance of structural factors in COVID-19 response in Western Pacific. Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health. (In Press)

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[Extract] After a year since novel coronavirus made news headlines, COVID-19 continues to spread across the world, with more than 172 million people infected and over 3.7 million deaths as of June 5, 2021. The pandemic has challenged the capabilities of governments and societies to provide an effective and timely response exposing their bureaucratic vulnerabilities, political agility, and competing interests.1 In addition, societies with high public trust and social capital have generally performed better, as the public trust amplifies the impact of stringency measures on people’s compliance behavior.2 In this article, we highlight the importance of timely imposition of government restrictions and the structural factors that helped limit the spread of the infection and then eliminate community transmission in both large and small nations in the Pacific.

Item ID: 68863
Item Type: Article (Short Note)
ISSN: 1941-2479
Copyright Information: © 2021 APJPH
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2021 01:52
FoR Codes: 31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3107 Microbiology > 310702 Infectious agents @ 40%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4202 Epidemiology > 420201 Behavioural epidemiology @ 30%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4407 Policy and administration > 440706 Health policy @ 30%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2001 Clinical health > 200104 Prevention of human diseases and conditions @ 34%
28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280112 Expanding knowledge in the health sciences @ 33%
28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280118 Expanding knowledge in the mathematical sciences @ 33%
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