On June 2, members of the GSL research team participated in an international virtual workshop organized by the International Network for AMR Social Science (INAMRSS) and CeBil, discussing what social science approaches seen to combat COVID-19 could give insight to our work on Antimicrobial Resistance.
Social sciences are essential to elucidate how legal, social, economic, behavioural, cultural and technological aspects contribute to the raging COVID-19 pandemic and how they impact the general public, and in particular, those directly affected by this terrible disease.
It is evident, that the current pandemic resulted in many unprecedented and unforeseen grand challenges that will have to be tackled and analyzed rapidly to improve the design of learning health systems, as well as the practical implementation of new strategies and technical solutions to better prepare for future pandemics. These preparations must also consider the effect of the current, and future, viral pandemics on secondary bacterial, fungal, protozoal, and viral infections etc. and the resulting impact on antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
These intricate correlations raised two major questions that will have to be addressed from a One Health perspective:
What lessons learned from the current COVID-19 pandemic can be applied to the AMR space?;
What can the emerging responses to the COVID-19 pandemic learn from the substantial social science experience in AMR to tackle the current and future pandemics?