Policy & Global Development

ISGlobal Launches a Series of Documents on the Strategy for Lifting COVID-19 Containment Measures

The collection, authored by a team of 23 experts, deals with the key components of a safe and phased reopening of society


ISGlobal is launching a new series of analytical documents aimed at contributing to the fight against COVID-19 and orienting the strategy for lifting mitigation and confinement measures. The collection will, initially, comprise 17 documents in which 23 experts will endeavour, from the standpoint of research, to identify and respond to some of the major challenges posed by the current crisis. The aim of this collection, coordinated by ISGlobal’s Policy team, is to contribute evidence-based information and the answers to questions about the main topics involved in the management of the COVID-19 crisis. It is possible that further documents will be added depending on the issues and questions that arise as the pandemic continues.

The main focus of the analysis will be on the scientific and epidemiological aspects of the crisis, but considerations related to economic, social, public health and communication aspects will also be included. The final output will make up a guide to the concept of what the authors are calling ‘precision public health’. “To date, the mitigation measures have succeeded in slowing down transmission of the virus and preventing the collapse of our health care system,” says Antoni Plasència, Director of ISGlobal. “As an institute committed to working for the health of all people, ISGlobal’s current mission must be to contribute to ensuring a controlled exit from the containment phase”.

This project is being coordinated by the ISGlobal Policy team. At this time, the authors on the team are as follows: Josep M. Antó, Joan Ballester, Quique Bassat, Elisabeth Cardis, Carlos Chaccour, Carolyn Daher, Carlota Dobaño, Gonzalo Fanjul, Alberto García-Basteiro, Raquel González, Caterina Guinovart, Manolis Kogevinas, Jeffrey Lazarus, Jill Litt, Anna Llupiá, Denise Naniche, Mark Nieuwenhuijsen, Cristina O’Callaghan, Antoni Plasència, Adelaida Sarukhan, Elisa Sicuri, Jordi Sunyer and Rafa Vilasanjuan.

Read the published documents here:

1. Components of a Safe and Phased Reopening of Society

2. Can We Meet Children’s Needs During Home Confinement and Relaxation of Restrictions?

3. What Are the Main Research Gaps for Lifting Confinement Measures? 

4. Should We Allow Physical Activity During The Coronavirus Disease Pandemic?

5. Should We Go Outside During the COVID-19 Confinement and Beyond?

6. Mobility & COVID-19: How Should We Redesign Transport for a New Future?

7. COVID-19: How to Manage the Reopening of Schools?

8. How Can we Ensure a Socially Equitable Approach to Deconfinement during the COVID-19 Pandemic?

9. Is an Immunity Passport an Option as Part of a Deconfinement Strategy?

10. How Should Work Environments Adapt During the COVID-19 Epidemic?

11. Improving Case and Contacts Tracing During the COVID-19 Pandemic

12. What Are the Barriers to Achieving Universal Immunisation Against COVID-19?

13. How Can We Resume International Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

14. What Role Can Spanish Cooperation Play in the Response to COVID-19 and the Prevention of Future Crises?

15. How Can We Prevent COVID-19 from Exacerbating Other Epidemics in Low- and Middle-Income Countries?

16. What Do We Know About the Impact of Gender on the COVID-19 Pandemic?

17. How Should We Deal With New Outbreaks of COVID-19?