In March 2020, COVID-19 was declared a pandemic threatening the well-being of people, health systems, and global economies if not managed appropriately. Even with the development of effective vaccines and treatments for COVID-19, measures to manage the spread of infection depend upon the behavior of individuals and their influence on complex public health systems. The application of behavioral sciences to promote adherence to public health and health promotion measures toward protection from COVID-19, such as hand hygiene, mask wearing or social distancing, have been integral to containing and limiting the spread of COVID-19 within our societies. Adherence to the health protection measures is crucial for determining the outcome of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the impact on society.


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Jackson, T., Steed, L., Pedruzzi, R., Beyene, K. & Chan, A. 2022, 'COVID-19 and Behavioral Sciences', Frontiers in Public Health, 9, article no: 830797. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2021.830797

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