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Adjustment of daily activities to restrictions and reported spread of the COVID-19 pandemic across Europe
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3857-4398
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Demographic and Ageing Research (CEDAR).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0725-951x
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Demographic and Ageing Research (CEDAR).
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2021 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper addresses adjustments of daily activities in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic among people aged 50 years and older in Europe, and investigates the extent to which such adjustments are associated with the stringency of governmental restrictions and the overall spread of COVID-19. We use data from the SHARE Corona Survey collected during summer2020, published data on government response stringency, and reported country-specific prevalence and mortality of COVID-19. Our analyses show that older Europeans across the continent have reduced their daily activities quite substantially during the pandemic. However, we observe variation across countries and demographic groups, which may be important to highlight for policymakers. Our explanatory analysis replicates previous studies using mobility data, showing that both restrictions and infections predict a reduction in mobility. Thus, policymakers could potentially rely on both restrictions and voluntary adjustments in order to decrease the spread of the virus. However, it is noteworthy that we find relatively weaker associations with restrictions compared to previous studies using mobility data. One explanation for this discrepancy could be that our study focuses on older people, who face a higher risk of becoming severely ill and therefore have stronger incentives to adjust their behaviours independent of governmental regulations.

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2021. , p. 15
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SHARE Working Papers ; 62-2021
Keywords [en]
daily activities, activity adjustment, COVID-19, government response stringency, reported COVID -19 cases, cross-national comparisons, SHARE
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Social Sciences Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology) Human Geography
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-181612DOI: 10.17617/2.3292885OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-181612DiVA, id: diva2:1538347
Available from: 2021-03-18 Created: 2021-03-18 Last updated: 2021-03-19Bibliographically approved

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Fors Connolly, FilipOlofsson, JennyMalmberg, GunnarStattin, Mikael

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