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COVID-19 lockdowns and their broader impact: social costs and potential co-benefits

Tuesday 02 February 2021 from 12:00-13:00 CET

Countries have introduced lockdowns to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. The aim is to prevent transmission by limiting population movement and curtailing many social and economic activities. The individual lockdown measures and their implementation have varied from country to country, but all lockdowns have had profound impacts beyond COVID-19 prevention. Such impacts on issues including mental health, employment, education, the environment and social inequalities have been diverse. What are the social costs of lockdowns? And are there any benefits from the changes to our everyday life that we may want to retain after the pandemic? Join us in this webinar to learn more about the broader impacts of lockdowns during the pandemic.


Valentina Chiesa, Azienda Unità Sanitaria Locale – IRCCS di Reggio Emilia, Italy (keynote)

Liz Green, Public Health Wales, Wales (UK)

Gabriele Antony, Austrian Public Health Institute, Austria

Odile Mekel, Landeszentrum Gesundheit Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany


Matthias Wismar & Erica Richardson (European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies)

This webinar is part of a series of webinars which draws lessons from country experiences based on the COVID-19 Health System Response Monitor (HSRM) - a joint undertaking with the WHO Regional Office for Europe, the European Commission and the European Observatory. The COVID-19 HSRM builds on the expertise of the Health Systems and Policy Monitor network and the WHO Country Offices and the knowledge and work of colleagues in the Regional Office and DG SANTE who are dealing with the pandemic and supporting countries. The webinar series is indebted to them all.

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