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Social relationships and activities following elimination of SARS-CoV-2: a qualitative cross-sectional study
Nicholas J Long; Nayantara Sheoran Appleton; Sharyn Graham Davies; Antje Deckert; Edmond Fehoko; Eleanor Holroyd; Nelly Martin-Anatias; Rogena Sterling; Susanna Trnka; Laumua Tunufa'i.
  • Nicholas J Long; London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Nayantara Sheoran Appleton; Victoria University of Wellington
  • Sharyn Graham Davies; Monash University & Auckland University of Technology
  • Antje Deckert; Auckland University of Technology
  • Edmond Fehoko; University of Auckland
  • Eleanor Holroyd; Auckland University of Technology
  • Nelly Martin-Anatias; Auckland University of Technology
  • Rogena Sterling; University of Waikato
  • Susanna Trnka; University of Auckland
  • Laumua Tunufa'i; Auckland University of Technology
Preprint in English | medRxiv | ID: ppmedrxiv-21263837
ABSTRACT
ObjectivesTo investigate how successfully SARS-CoV-2 elimination strategies fulfil their promise of allowing a return to a normal social life, and to identify obstacles and challenges that may inhibit the realisation of this goal. DesignQualitative cross-sectional survey. SettingNew Zealand community cohort. Participants1040 respondents entered the study (18-90 years, M = 48.18.11, SD = 15.52, 76% women). 966 completed the questions relevant to this article. Participants were recruited via online advertisement campaigns designed to maximise variation in the sample as far as practicably possible. Main outcome measuresThematic analysis of participants narratives. ResultsA majority of participants reported that the elimination of SARS-CoV-2 had allowed their life to go back to being more or less the same as before the pandemic. A small number indicated the pandemic had inspired them to become more social following elimination. Nevertheless, a sizeable minority of respondents reported being less social, even many months after SARS-CoV-2 had been eliminated. This was often because of fears that the virus might be circulating undetected, or because the March-May 2020 lockdown had led to changes in relationships and personal habits that were not easily reversed. Becoming less social was associated with having an underlying health condition that heightened ones vulnerability to COVID-19 (p = 0.00005) and older age (p = 0.007). ConclusionsElimination strategies can successfully allow the public to return to a pre-pandemic normal - or reinvent and improve their social lives should they wish. However, such outcomes are not inevitable. Re-establishing social connections after elimination can sometimes be a challenging process, with which people may need support. Plans for providing such support should be an integral part of elimination strategies.
Full text: Available Collection: Preprints Database: medRxiv Type of study: Prevalence study / Qualitative research / Randomized controlled trials / Risk factors Language: English Year: 2021 Document Type: Preprint

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Full text: Available Collection: Preprints Database: medRxiv Type of study: Prevalence study / Qualitative research / Randomized controlled trials / Risk factors Language: English Year: 2021 Document Type: Preprint