The response to the COVID-19 pandemic: With hindsight what lessons can we learn? Article

Full Text via DOI: 10.1016/j.pcad.2022.11.019 Web of Science: 000956321600001

Cited authors

  • Faghy M, Arena R, Hills AP, Yates J, Vermeesch AL, Franklin BA, Popovic D, Strieter L, Lavie CJ, Smith A


  • The purpose of this paper is to put forward some evidence-based lessons that can be learned from how to re-spond to a Pandemic that relate to healthy living behaviours (HLB). A 4-step methodology was followed to con-duct a narrative review of the literature and to present a professional practice vignette. The narrative review identified 8 lessons: 1) peer review; 2) historical perspectives; 3) investing in resilience and protection; 4) unin-tended consequences; 5) protecting physical activity; 6) school closures; 7) mental health; and 8) obesity. As in all probability there will be another Pandemic, it is important that the lessons learned over the last three years in relation to HLB are acted upon. Whilst there will not always be a consensus on what to emphasise, it is important that many evidence-based positions are presented. The authors of this paper recognise that this work is a starting point and that the lessons presented here will need to be revisited as new evidence becomes available.(c) 2022 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc.This is an open access article under the CC BY license(http://

Publication date

  • 2023

Published in

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0033-0620

Number of pages

  • 8

Start page

  • 76

End page

  • 83


  • 76