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Age-Adaptive and Gender-Balanced Social Interventions Might Be Stepping Stones to the Next ‘New Normal’ in COVID-19 Outbreak

Version 1 : Received: 1 May 2020 / Approved: 2 May 2020 / Online: 2 May 2020 (12:04:58 CEST)

How to cite: Cannistraci, C.V.; Capua, I. Age-Adaptive and Gender-Balanced Social Interventions Might Be Stepping Stones to the Next ‘New Normal’ in COVID-19 Outbreak. Preprints 2020, 2020050005 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202005.0005.v1). Cannistraci, C.V.; Capua, I. Age-Adaptive and Gender-Balanced Social Interventions Might Be Stepping Stones to the Next ‘New Normal’ in COVID-19 Outbreak. Preprints 2020, 2020050005 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202005.0005.v1).

Abstract

Many governments particularly in Europe are designing social interventions for the first post COVID-19 emergency phase. Definition of a ‘best practice’ for restriction release is urgent. Although data uncertainty generate difficulties, we believe near term analysis must shift from attempting to understand the numerous ‘unknowns’ to the clarification and interpretation of the few ‘knowns’, to create stepping stones towards rapid evidence-based decision making.Here, open access data on COVID-19 severity in three European countries were analyzed. Spain’s data were more comprehensive than those from Italy and Germany. Overall, COVID-19 severity shows a remarkable nonlinear growth with age that is significantly higher in adult males. Hence, age-adaptive and gender-balanced social interventions might represent efficient repopulation options for public health policymakers. Furthermore, we urge wider governmental effort for open access to relevant data. Their analysis will allow consolidation of existing trends, validation of key observations and thus facilitation of timely decisions.

Subject Areas

social intervention; COVID-19; health policy; public health; age; gender

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