Is the collective action of social distancing the new normal?

Melbourne Institute Research Insight No. 08/20

Date: May 2020


Marco Castillo
Ragan Petrie


As Australia assesses how and when it will ease social distancing restrictions imposed by COVID-19, collective action is required to ensure that the nation returns to, and stays safe in, the new normal. Using data from the Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic & Social Research Taking the Pulse of the Nation survey, this Research Insight explores respondents' opinions on how well people are following social distancing rules. Authors, Professor Marco Castillo and Professor Ragan Petrie discuss the importance of social distancing in protecting the health and wellbeing of the population.

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