Epidemic Control Decision Based on SHARE-COVID Data

As part of the preparations for the outbreak of the Omicron variant in Israel, the Israeli government had considered imposing restrictions on the older population. The Israeli Ministry for Social Equality requested to receive data from the SHARE survey in this context. Thus, SHARE Israel analysed data from the first and second SHARE Corona Survey on the adoption of health behaviours which can prevent infections with the Corona virus (e.g. wearing a mask) among different age groups. The analysis showed that older adults already had high rates of epidemic-related health-promoting behaviours and therefore specific restrictions for this population should be avoided.