Special Issue "Socio-Economic Burden of Disease: The COVID-19 Case"

A special issue of Healthcare (ISSN 2227-9032). This special issue belongs to the section "Coronaviruses (CoV) and COVID-19 Pandemic".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Eduardo Tomé
Guest Editor
Universidade Europeia, GOVCOPP Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
Interests: Human Resources; Social Policy
Prof. Dr. Thomas Garavan
Guest Editor
University College Cork and National College of Ireland, Ireland
Interests: Human Resources
Dr. Ana Dias
Guest Editor
Uniiversidade de Aveiro, Portugal
Interests: Health Management; Health Policy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent months, humanity has faced an unprecedented challenge. Although we have dealt with many diseases over the centuries, never before have we faced a situation like COVID-19 [1]. Distinctive features of COVID-19 relate to the widespread use of instant information technologies, the absence of social and scientific knowledge on how to deal with the disease, and pressure on political and administrative bodies to restore safety. Never before has a disease shown the limits of the globalised world in the 21st century. The science is lacking and humanity must come to terms with the disease. Therefore, in this Special Issue, we invite papers on the social and economic consequences of disease, particularly of COVID-19. We invite you to:

  • Analyse COVID-19 per se;
  • Compare COVID-19 with other diseases or pandemics;
  • Discuss and present case studies, national studies, comparative studies, historical analysis, or actor-centred studies;
  • Analyse direct (health-related), indirect (economic and social), induced (political, ethical, or spirituality-related).

The studies may be quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-method.

Prof. Dr. Eduardo Tomé
Prof. Dr. Thomas Garavan
Dr. Ana Dias
Guest Editors


  1. The Worst Global Pandemics. Available online: https://www.publichealthonline.org/worst-global-pandemics-in-history/ (accessed on 9 October 2020)

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  • Covid-19
  • Pandemics
  • Covid-19 in the scope of disease and pandemics
  • Social and economic consequences
  • Direct consequences – health system and health
  • Indirect consequences – employment and income
  • Induced consequences – politics, ethics, spirituality
  • Case studies
  • National cases
  • Comparative studies
  • Historical analysis
  • Prospective analysis
  • Actors centered analysis.

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Nationwide Lockdown, Population Density, and Financial Distress Brings Inadequacy to Manage COVID-19: Leading the Services Sector into the Trajectory of Global Depression
Healthcare 2021, 9(2), 220; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9020220 - 17 Feb 2021
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The service industry provides distributive services, producer services, personal services, and social services. These services largely breakdowns due to restrictions on border movements, confined travel and transportation services, a decline in international tourists’ visitation, nationwide lockdowns, and maintaining social distancing in the population. [...] Read more.
The service industry provides distributive services, producer services, personal services, and social services. These services largely breakdowns due to restrictions on border movements, confined travel and transportation services, a decline in international tourists’ visitation, nationwide lockdowns, and maintaining social distancing in the population. Although these measures are highly needed to contain coronavirus, it decreases economic and financial activities in a country, which requires smart solutions to globally subsidize the services sector. The study used different COVID-19 measures, and its resulting impact on the services industry by using world aggregated data from 1975 through 2020. The study benefited from the Keynesian theory of aggregate demand that remains provided a solution to minimize economic shocks through stringent or liberalizing economic policies. The COVID-19 pandemic is more severe than the financial shocks of 2018 that affected almost all sectors of the globalized world, particularly the services sector, which has been severally affected by COVID-19; it is a high time to revisit economic policies to control pandemic recession. The study used quantiles regression and innovation accounting matrix to obtain ex-ante and ex-post analysis. The quantile regression estimates show that causes of death by communicable diseases, including COVID-19, mainly decline the share of services value added to the global GDP at different quantiles distribution. In contrast, word-of-mouth helps to prevent it from the transmission channel of coronavirus plague through information sharing among the general masses. The control of food prices and managing physical distancing reduces suspected coronavirus cases; however, it negatively affects the services sector’s value share. The smart lockdown and sound economic activities do not decrease coronavirus cases, while they support increasing the percentage of the services sector to the global GDP. The innovation accounting matrix suggested that smart lockdown, managing physical distancing, effective price control, and sound financial activities will help to reduce coronavirus cases that will further translate into increased services value-added for the next ten years. The social distancing will exert a more considerable variance error shock to the services industry, which indicates the viability of these measures to contained novel coronavirus over a time horizon. The study used the number of proxies to the COVID-19 measures on the service sector that can be continued with real-time variables to obtain more inferences. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Socio-Economic Burden of Disease: The COVID-19 Case)
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