De-escalating the pandemic response

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What is already known

(to be investigated....)

Topic 1


  • Public Health Staff at National Levels receive questions about when the pandemic response will be scaled down again (de-escalated)
  • There are no clear instructions, besides to wait for advice from WHO and ECDC

Analysis and interpretation

  • It would be helpful to be more informed about the rationale and criteria for de-escalation
  • Uncertainty about the timelines may undermine the compliance to interventions

Consequences for action

  • Check if anything has been published already by WHO or ECDC on this matter
  • Translate existing guidelines into simple messages that everyone can understand.