“COVID-19: Identifying countries with indicators of success in responding to the outbreak" David Kennedy, Daniel Bausch and Anna Seale (UK Public Health Rapid Support Team, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine/Public Health England, London, UK) worked with colleagues at Gates Ventures and Our World In Data to develop a process to identify countries with experience of COVID-19, and evidence of success in response. Click here

“Working in silos doesn’t work for outbreak response”: Localising social science response efforts in West Africa Hana Rohan (UK Public Health Rapid Support Team, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine/Public Health England, London, UK), Gillian McKay (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK), & Baindu Agatha Khosia (Focus 1000, Freetown, Sierra Leone) discuss here a new West African initiative on social science for epidemic preparedness. Click here.

“COVID-19: Shining the Light on Africa” Dan Bausch (UK Public Health Rapid Support Team, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine/Public Health England, London, UK) and colleagues consider the challenges responding to COVID-19 in Africa, and what can be done. This includes community ownership, physical distancing, enhanced hygiene, laboratory testing, supply chain, enhanced patient care and risk communication, modelling, maintenance of services for non-COVID-19 diseases, therapeutics, vaccines, equitable access, research and addressing the economic impact. Click here  

“Coronavirus: The psychological effects of quarantining a city” James Rubin (King’s College London & UK-PHRST) and colleagues discuss fear and anxiety in the context of quarantine for COVID-19. They suggest that there are “side effects that must be weighed in the balance and alternatives that must be considered. Voluntary quarantine, for example, may be associated with good compliance and less psychological impact, particularly when explained well and promoted as altruistic.” Click here