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Seminar on Developing a Research Agenda on the Medium- and Long-Term Social Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic

On May 20, 2021, the Committee on Population (CPOP) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in collaboration with the National Institute on Aging (NIA) convened an expert panel to address the medium- and long-term social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Six presenting researchers provided insight on some of the known impacts of COVID-19 as well as potential long-term impacts that may be relevant to investigate. Collectively, the presenters expressed a need for additional investigations into specific demographic groups, specifically according to gender, parental status, race, and socioeconomic status. Presenters also emphasized broadening consideration of impacts on public schooling, childcare, caregiving, labor force participation, housing, and financial stability. To better understand these impacts, presenters encouraged the use of ongoing data collection, longitudinal studies, and updates to current research scales to better capture timely and relevant outcomes that may have previously been unaddressed. The meeting summary (PDF, 1.27M) is available.