RIA Research and Innovation Action

Non-intended health, economic and social effects of the COVID-19 epidemic control decisions: Lessons from SHARE (SHARE-COVID19)*

Program:             H2020-SC1-PHE-CORONAVIRUS-2020-2 / H2020-SC1-PHE-                            CORONAVIRUS-2020-2RTD
Granting Body:    European Commission
Contract No.:      101015924
Coordinator:        MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER                            WISSENSCHAFTEN EV (MPG)
Starting Date:      November 2020
Ending Date:       October 2023


The non-intended consequences of the epidemic control decisions to contain the COVID-19 pandemic are huge and affect the well-being of European citizens in terms of economics, social relationships and health: Europe is experiencing the largest recession since WWII; social contact has been interrupted; people avoid seeking medical treatment in fear of infection. The overarching objective of this project is to understand these non-intended consequences and to devise improved health, economic and social policies. In our policy recommendations, we strive to make healthcare systems and societies in the EU more resilient to pandemics in terms of prevention, protection and treatment of the population 50+, a most vulnerable part of the population. The project aims to identify healthcare inequalities before, during and after the pandemic; to understand the lockdown effects on health and health behaviours; to analyse labour market implications of the lockdown; to assess the impacts of pandemic and lockdown on income and wealth inequality; to mitigate the effects of epidemic control decisions on social relationships; to optimise future epidemic control measures by taking the geographical patterns of the disease and their relationship with social patterns into account; and to better manage housing and living arrangements choices between independence, coresidence or institutionalization. The project pursues a transdisciplinary and internationally comparative approach by exploiting the data sources of the SHARE research infrastructure. It covers all EU MS. The project’s team represents medicine, public health, economics and sociology and has worked together since the creation of SHARE. It is experienced in translating data analysis into concrete policy advice. The project’s policy recommendations are targeted at policymakers in the Commission and in national ministries as well as at national and international NGOs and social organizations.

 *This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101015924