Perceptions of transmission and mitigation of SARS-CoV-2: Cross sector Theme 3 WP1 Deep dives.
This cross-sector research follows on from work carried out between October 2020 to March 2022 by PROTECT theme 3 researchers into eight sectors. Circumstances for all of these sectors, and their workers, have evolved as the pandemic has changed. Between August and September 2022, eleven semi-structured qualitative interviews were conducted with ‘organisational leaders’ and ‘sector experts’ across six work sectors. This report summarises findings from this phase two research, some six months on since legislation changed to enable the ‘Living with COVID’ phase of the pandemic in the UK.
In general, study findings highlight that different sectors have different workforce and workplace characteristics that will determine the risk factors for consideration in the prevention of transmission of the COVID-19 virus. Most sectors/organisations reported feeling better prepared for a future health emergency, following the learning gained during the COVID-19 pandemic. Partnerships formed within and across sectors were also considered invaluable to responding quickly and effectively to change over the course of the pandemic.