Study analyzes perceptions of ‘silver liners’ of public health interventions during pandemic
A national study of Australians’ responses to COVID-19 public health measures found stories of hope, strength and acceptance for protective measures such as social distancing, hand hygiene and even blockades.
Dr Narelle Campbell. Image Credit: Flinders University
Researchers from Flinders University, as part of a team of regional health experts in the Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia, Victoria and South Australia, analyzed the comments of 90 adult participants on their perceptions of the positive or “silver lining” aspects of large-scale interventions. deployed during the first wave of the pandemic in 2020.
Despite the negative impacts of public health guidelines, such as mental well-being and blockage-related movement restrictions, people were aware of the positive aspects such as safety and security, gratitude and appreciation, cohesion social, community resilience and the ability to reset priorities ”,
Associate Professor Narelle Campbell, Senior Author, Flinders University
“Examining the glimmers of hope expressed by Australians during a time of significant public health restrictions and considerable uncertainty about COVID-19, this study demonstrated the remarkable ability of people to express their positivity and overall resilience. in the face of adversity, ”explains the associate professor. Campbell, who is based in Darwin,
The study, published in the International Journal of Environmental and Public Health Research, confirms that the disruption of daily life during the pandemic has allowed many to reflect and reassess their values and priorities – and to consider what is important to them, their families and their communities.
These findings offer unique perspectives when considering the priorities of Australians and the public health implications for a post-pandemic society ”,
Co-author, University of Queensland, Associate Professor Geoff Argus, Director of Southern Queensland Rural Health based in Toowoomba
Other contributors to the study are from the WA Center for Rural Health (University of WA), Darling Downs Health in Toowoomba and the University of Queensland, Torrens University Australia in Adelaide and La Trobe Rural Health School, Bendigo , Victoria.
Campbell, N., et al. (2021) Silver liners reported by Australians facing public health restrictions during the first phase of the COVID-19 pandemic: A qualitative report. International journal of environmental and public health research. doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182111406.