Lecturer in global ageing
COVID-19 has affected the way in which people connect, look after their health, work and spend. However, little is known about the role that COVID-19 fear plays in how people go about their everyday lives, particularly among older people, who are arguably most vulnerable to poor outcomes.
Dr Douglas said: “Our research will look at how people re-engage with society over the year ahead and provide insights for policy and public health messages.”
Dr Douglas will work alongside Professor Bell on this new project, as well as Stirling colleagues: economist Dr Dave Comerford, social scientists Dr Louise McCabe, Dr Alison Dawson and Dr Cate Pemble, and health psychologist, Dr Lesley McGregor. The study will produce regular rapid reports and policy briefings throughout its duration, with initial data due to be published in summer 2021.
Dr Douglas added: “This research will provide insight into how people can be supported back into everyday activities. It will provide important information for the NHS on how to support those with COVID-19 fear to attend hospital appointments, cancer screenings or other health related appointments.
“It will also give an idea of people’s willingness to return to the ‘physical’ workplace, to go shopping again, or to meet friends in restaurants. These activities are significant for our individual wellbeing as well as our economic recovery.”