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Public health foresight in light of COVID-19

RIVM (Dutch Institute for Public Health and Environment) and EuroHealthNet, January 2021

This report describes how the coronavirus will eventually change public health forcing us to take different measures to prepare for the future. The results of this foresight study paint a picture of a society that has been hit hard at all levels by the coronavirus pandemic. Being better prepared for the future calls for:

  • More insight into mental health. Better information and knowledge about mental health among different population groups affected by the corona crisis are needed to develop appropriate policies – and to offer future prospects to the people covered by those policies.

  • Greater commitment to integrated prevention.

  • Consideration of chronic illnesses as well as infectious diseases.

  • More intensive cross-domain cooperation between ministries to improve health.


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