Tuesday, June 9, 2020
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
(UTC+01:00) Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris
About this event
COVID-19 in Belgium webinar series: What does the COVID-19 crisis teach us? Need for a comprehensive response balancing multiple perspectives. By Prof. Dr. Lieven Annemans
The COVID-19 crisis has affected many countries worldwide. The main focus from most policy makers and virologists/epidemiologists was initially and understandably on stopping the spread of the virus (sars-cov-2), saving lives and protecting the healthcare capacity. Lockdown measures have been taken with variable intensity and duration and with variable success, due to – in the short run – uncontrollable factors (population density, pollution, …) but also controllable factors (physical density, testing capacity, use of masks, protecting the elderly). When the lockdown measures were too intensive, locking the entire society down, and took too long, their adverse events became apparent: increased unemployment, poverty, mental health problems, other non-covid19 problems such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, which were not sufficiently cared for. The created fear has stopped patients in need (for any healthcare issue) from taking contact with healthcare facilities, resulting in morbidity and mortality.
In this lecture I will argue that a more balanced approach should be taken in a potential next wave, whereby the essential measures (physicial distancing, testing, use of masks, protecting the elderly) are taken however with minimal effect on the economy, on well-being and mental health and on other health aspects. Also a sphere of vigilance and citizenship should be promoted rather than a sphere of anxiety.
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- Prof. Dr. Lieven Annemans (Professor of Health Economics @Ghent University & VUB, Economics of health and wellbeing)
- Prof. Dr. Bart Criel (Professor and course director MPH @Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp)