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Encouraging adoption of protection behaviors to mitigate the spread of COVID-19

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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) have highlighted a new guidance document for encouraging the adoption of COVID-19 protection behaviors, "The current pandemic requires adoption of health-promoting behaviors, such as mask wearing, physical distancing, and handwashing. The first two of these behaviors—mask wearing and physical distancing—require the development of health habits that are new to the U.S. population and inconsistent with existing habits and norms. Handwashing is not a new habit, but is practiced inconsistently.

How can leaders encourage adherence with these prevention strategies? This rapid expert consultation from the Societal Experts Action Network helps decision makers, at the federal, state, and local levels, identify what is known about strategies to increase adherence to protective behaviors to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. By understanding these strategies, decision makers can choose the ones that work best for their community. Download the full rapid expert consultation now.

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