Special Issue "Social Networks and Pandemic Health issues"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Health and Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Elena Andina-Díaz
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Guest Editor
1. Department of Nursing and Physiotherapy, Universidad de León, León, Spain
2. SALBIS Research Group, Universidad de León, León, Spain
3. EYCC Research Group, Universidad de Alicante, Alicante, Spain
Interests: culture; vulnerable groups; gender; health; qualitative methods; history of nursing
Dr. Natalia Arias Ramos
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Guest Editor
1. Department of Nursing and Physiotherapy, University of León, 24071 León, Spain
2. SALBIS Research Group, Health Science School, Ponferrada, Spain
Interests: adolescent population; health; social network analysis; social behavior; healthy behavior; obesity
Dr. Lindsay Welch
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Guest Editor
School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Environmental and life sciences, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK
Interests: respiratory nursing; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; living with long term conditions; self-management; social networks; mixed methods analysis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Every pandemic includes behavioral changes to cope with it. With the COVID-19 pandemic, physical distancing measures, mask-wearing, and the intensification of hand washing have been imposed on us. These three rules have severely restricted our ability to socialize as we normally would, in an effort to stop the spread of the virus. In addition, in this context, policy makers have had to enforce different legal rules, taking into account the severity of the health emergency, in order to make the social and economic environment as sustainable as possible. This has included total and partial confinements, curfews at certain night hours, restrictions around the number of people at family gatherings and in places of leisure, suspension of mass events, etc. At the same time, measures have also been taken to protect the most vulnerable, such as those close to the poverty level, those without social support, and immigrant families with highly variable incomes, among many others. This context represents a great complexity given that options are sought to replace social structures, and people are by definition social entities, with our relationship structures in the workplace and our personal lives, and our attributive characteristics that are also important in these social structures. For this reason, it seems of interest that researchers contribute with their knowledge of social structures at a time that will generate a turning point in our behaviors, and where, more than ever, the analysis of social networks has gained maximum relevance.

This Special Issue is framed around the COVID-19 pandemic and the sustainable approach of the investigations. Researchers can provide scientific contributions on topics such as loneliness, social support, innovative technology-based initiatives, community initiatives, educational interventions, descriptions of the spread of the pandemic, network dynamics, analyses on vulnerable populations, etc.

Dr. Elena Andina-Díaz
Dr. Natalia Arias Ramos
Dr. Lindsay Welch
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • social networks
  • health
  • pandemic
  • COVID-19
  • sustainability

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Exploring Strategic Directions of Pandemic Crisis Management: A Text Analysis of World Economic Forum COVID-19 Reports
Sustainability 2021, 13(8), 4123; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13084123 - 07 Apr 2021
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This study aims to understand the global environment of COVID-19 management and guide future policy directions after the pandemic crisis. To this end, we analyzed a series of the World Economic Forum’s COVID-19 response reports through text mining and network analysis. These reports, [...] Read more.
This study aims to understand the global environment of COVID-19 management and guide future policy directions after the pandemic crisis. To this end, we analyzed a series of the World Economic Forum’s COVID-19 response reports through text mining and network analysis. These reports, written by experts in diverse fields, discuss multidimensional changes in socioeconomic situations, various problems created by those changes, and strategies to respond to national crises. Based on 3897 refined words drawn from a morphological analysis of 26 reports (as of the end of 2020), this study analyzes the frequency of words, the relationships among words, the importance of specific documents, and the connection centrality through text mining. In addition, the network analysis helps develop strategies for a sustainable response to and the management of national crises through identifying clusters of words with similar structural equivalence. Full article
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Twitter, Social Services and Covid-19: Analysis of Interactions between Political Parties and Citizens
Sustainability 2021, 13(4), 2187; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13042187 - 18 Feb 2021
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The state of alarm caused by Covid-19 has mobilised the population’s digital social participation in social networks. Likewise, the relevance acquired by Social Services as a support for the social and health crisis has generated an unprecedented social debate on Twitter about the [...] Read more.
The state of alarm caused by Covid-19 has mobilised the population’s digital social participation in social networks. Likewise, the relevance acquired by Social Services as a support for the social and health crisis has generated an unprecedented social debate on Twitter about the reality of these services in Spain. The analysis of this phenomenon is the focus of the present article, in which the tweets on Social Services and Covid-19 published during the confinement have been analysed using the qualitative analysis software Atlas.Ti. The results show the precariousness of social services and that a change in the management and financing model of these services is required to guarantee benefits and satisfy fundamental social rights. Full article
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