September 18, 2020

How our behaviour needs to change to tackle the outbreak

As the novel coronavirus spreads across the world, people are increasingly coming under mental and physical stress, with news of the pandemic coming in 24×7. Being cooped in houses for extended periods of time is not natural human behaviour. Now scientists have outlined ways by which people can change their behaviour to adapt to life during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a report filed by Press Trust of India, the review research, published in the journal Nature Human Behaviour, focuses on phenomena linked to COVID-19, connecting existing studies to potential courses of action in several areas, including group threat, fake news, social norms, stress, and coping.

“Because the crisis requires large-scale behaviour change and poses significant psychological burdens on individuals, insights from the social and behavioural sciences are likely going to be very helpful for optimizing pandemic response,” said study co-author Jay Van Bavel from New York University in the US.

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