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Vaccines and drugs for the treatment and prevention of COVID-19 require robust evidence generated from clinical trials before they can be used. Public health interventions such as quarantine, self-isolation, social distancing and travel restrictions should also be based on evidence. There are some experiential and mathematical modelling data for these interventions, but there is a lack of data on the social, ethical and behavioural aspects of these interventions.

Surgical mask© Credit Supa-at Asarath

The  SEBCOV study which will consist of quantitative surveys and online interviews will be conducted in the United Kingdom, Italy, Slovenia, Malaysia and Thailand. At the time of writing these countries have initiated strict public health measures and varying degrees of “lockdowns” to curb the pandemic. These public health measures will be continued, tightened further, or relaxed in the coming weeks and months. The data generated from our study could inform these strategies in the participating countries in real time.

SEBCOV protocol is published on Wellcome Open Research: Social, ethical and behavioural aspects of COVID-19

Results of the survey are published in BMJ Open

Principal investigator

Study team