Coronavirus (COVID-19) created two crises for individuals, families, communities, cities, regions and nations. Both threaten the short and long-term happiness and wellbeing of us all.
Firstly, there was the public health crisis of containing and then eliminating the virus.
Secondly, there was the economic and social crises caused by disrupted patterns of working, investing, consuming and saving that led to a precipitous decline into widespread recession and that potentially threatened longer-term, deep depression and social unrest.
Thomas Pueyo has suggested that there is a phase of action to ‘hammer’ the virus and reduce and reverse infection rates and then a longer ‘dance’ to ending and removing the threat of the virus.
We shared key discussions and conclusions in blogs, policy advice notes and short papers on the Policy Scotland website to extend impact and support public access to social science research about policy responses to the pandemic and planning for the recovery period.