Standing together – at a distance: how Danes are living with the corona crisis
We are in the midst of an unprecedented health crisis. A crisis triggered by the virus COVID-19, but its implications reach far beyond the scope of virology. There is an urgent need to document the public-health effects of the measures that are now being undertaken to contain the virus. People being asked to isolate themselves, businesses are closing down, certain people are being quarantined, and we are all supposed to keep a safe distance from one another.
How are different groups of people handling their new roles and their expectations for work, school, and community? How are the preventative health measures affecting Danes psychologically? How is their behaviour changing? Who is changing their behaviour – and who is not? How do different groups perceive the actions of the Danish government and health authorities, and are these extreme measures justified?
By documenting these effects, we will be able to learn a great deal from the crisis. The project is a citizen-driven initiative, so emphasis will be placed on continuous, direct feedback from the public.
By now, you’ve probably heard that to slow the COVID-19 pandemic, people need to adopt social distancing measures — including remaining at least 6 feet (about 1.8 meters) apart from anyone they encounter outside their homes. Where does that number come from? And how should you be applying it in your life?