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ASPHER is the key independent European organisation dedicated to strengthening the role of public health by improving education and training of public health professionals for both practice and research.
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22 Nov 2022
Applications are open for the 2023 TIPH Global Grants. All ASPHER Members are eligible to apply through the Global Network for Academic Public Health (GNAPH).  The GNAPH, with the support of Dr. Richard and Mrs. Linda Riegelman, is...
18 Nov 2022
  We are pleased to congratulate all the 2022 ASPHER award recipients! We will present and celebrate the awards during the Retreat in Sofia, with additional recognition at EPH in Berlin. Andrija Štampar Medal Laurent CHAMBAUD, immediate...
9 Nov 2022
Download the November 2022 ASPHER Newsletter here. It has been a busy Autumn packed with travel as it seems everyone is trying to make up for lost time over these past pandemic years. We are bringing out a ‘slightly’ slimmer newsletter...

RECOVERY FROM THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC: ONGOING & FURTHER WORK

Authors: Ranjeet Dhonkal (contact: Ranjeet.Dhonkal@haw-hamburg.de), John Middleton (United Kingdom), Ralf Reintjes (Germany), Laurent Chambaud (France), Alberto Fernandez (Spain), Jose M Martin-Moreno (Spain), Natia Skhvitaridze (Georgia)


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Ongoing & further work

More work is being/will be done by ASPHER members over the coming days on: 

Ensuring that personal hygiene habits for public interactions are properly introduced and disseminated

  • New norms of frequent hand washing, coughing etiquette, and physical distancing
  • Use of appropriate masks in all relevant public spaces – particularly when indoors where the safety distance cannot be maintained
  • Glove use is advisable only for certain occasions or jobs where they are recommended according to protocol. In other cases, they cannot substitute for hand washing and the gloves themselves can become a vector of contagion.

Protecting people at standard workplaces

  • Workplace risk assessment (teamwork with appropriate worker representation)
  • Structural preventive measures
  • Non workplace options where possible
  • Access to work - public versus private transport
  • Presenteeism not tolerated - ‘new norm of not being ill at work’
  • Age group selection for workers

Taking care with particular attention to vulnerable groups

  • Black and minority ethnic issues
  • Mental health needs of people in lockdown
  • Domestic violence
  • Elderly (particularly at nursing/care homes)

Ensuring the right conditions to reopening activities

  • Children’s activities – schools, daycares
  • Sport/individual activities
  • Cultural activities

Dealing with issues related to education and training in an appropriate and exemplary manner

  • Including those of specific relevance to schools of public health
  • Also in the area of professional regulation and standards

Rigorously addressing Disease Surveillance

  • Contact tracing
  • Surveillance apps
  • Serological testing
  • Immunity certifications “passports” and use of tracking applications
  • Regional differences in prevalence

Promoting economic recovery with a vision of equity and public health

  • Characterization of inequalities and identification of needs
  • ...

Key references

ASPHER Statement on the streategic use of masks:
https://www.aspher.org/aspher-statement-masks.html

ASPHER Statment on the COVID-19 testing:
https://www.aspher.org/aspher-statement-covid-19-testing.html


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