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Briefing paper: Behavioural Science Investment Needed to Mitigate the Long-Term Health Impacts of Covid-19

15 June 2021

During the Covid-19 pandemic, media headlines and emerging evidence have reported shifts in population behaviours such as substance use, food and alcohol consumption, physical activity, and sedentary behaviour.

Engagement with some preventative health services has also declined.

This policy brief highlights potential long-term impacts of Covid-19 on health behaviour and chronic disease prevention.

Recommendations for policy prioritisation are provided to help mitigate downstream consequences and prevent widening health and social inequalities.


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