Special Issue "Responding to COVID-19 from Local, Regional and Global Perspectives: Challenges and Solutions"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.
Interests: development of statistical, mathematical and computational models for climate-sensitive infectious diseases; the use of big data, novel information sources and tools, including GIS and remote sensing in public health applications and environmental research
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Interests: development of statistical, mathematical and computational models for zoonotic infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance; the use of novel approaches, including bioinformatics in public health applications and environmental research
The ongoing pandemic of COVID-19 is affecting every aspect of the modern global community. This pandemic has revealed the bare-bones deficiencies of national health systems and unearthed issues many might have thought public health professionals had already resolved. The response to COVID-19 has already raised many questions as to who is affected, when and how these effects might manifest, and what public health interventions and strategies may help to control the infection. The delayed local and regional emergency responses, the crash of the global supply chain, the inequality in access to healthcare for the sick, the inequality in access to protective gear for medical personnel, the discordant and mixed messages of health officials and political leaders in establishing and releasing lockdowns–all aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic deserve serious attention and will be subjects for discussion for many years to come. In addition, there are many more questions which have not yet even been addressed, or which have only just emerged, for example: Will coronavirus-related infections settle into a predictable seasonal pattern? Will the transmission continue as hospital-acquired infections? Why are some communities affected more than others? Which prevention and control strategies are the likely to work in given conditions? What is needed to detect and control infection before it spreads? What can be learned from better understanding viral evolution in the context of emerging coronaviruses?
We hope to stir the discussion on how public health professionals, environmental health researchers, and data scientists, working together with domain experts, understand the challenges and lessons learned from the pandemic to prepare for emerging trends in infectious diseases. We aim to provide a broad range of examples focusing on temporal dynamics, clinical and psychosocial aspects, environmental factors, and socioeconomic determinants of COVID-19. In this context, the editors of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) have initiated a Special Issue of the journal on COVID-19 in North America, and we encourage the submission of interdisciplinary work and multicountry collaborative research, especially from the pandemic epicenters. We welcome original research papers using different study designs as well as brief reports, systematic reviews, and meta-analysis.
Prof. Elena N. Naumova
Dr. Meghan A. Hartwick
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- COVID-19 epidemiology
- Environmental and socioeconomic risk factors
- Disease modeling and forecasting
- Preparedness planning
- Disease tracking and monitoring
- Surveillance systems
- Public health and environmental policies
- Coronavirus ecology