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UC scientists assess the consequences of the pandemic in Portugal and worldwide

A team of researchers from the Center for the Study of Geography and Spatial Planning (CEGOT) of the University of Coimbra (UC), coordinated by the full professor Paula Santana, is carrying out a worldwide questionnaire in order to understand and evaluate the consequences that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on family, social and community relationships.

This online questionnaire has «translation into 13 languages ​​hoping, in this way, to reach individuals from different territories in the world, aged 18 or over», says the person in charge of the investigation team, calling for the participation of citizens.

«In addition to the characteristics of the individual, housing and the surrounding area, we want to assess how the contexts of life, work/study and leisure and the access and use of health care are being affected by the pandemic of COVID-19. Another relevant aspect, which will emerge from the responses to this questionnaire, is related to the citizens’ perception of the role of local authorities in minimizing social and economic impacts », highlights Paula Santana.

The team guarantees the confidentiality of data and the anonymity of respondents. “There will be no disclosure or communication of individual results. The data collected will be exclusively used for the purposes of fundamental and applied scientific research ”, explains the study coordinator.

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