Student returnees from China's COVID-19 epicenter: Spatio-temporal movement and impact of tracing

Ding Fei, Chuan Liao, Huan Yang

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Abstract

At the initial stage of COVID-19 outbreak, tracing returnees from Wuhan – the epicenter of the disease – is a major strategy in each province of China to contain its spread. However, scholars are yet to assess the impact of tracing on individuals. Drawing upon a large-scale survey with students from four major universities in Wuhan, we investigate individual experiences with tracing activities at government and community levels and the impacts on students’ socio-psychological wellbeing. Findings indicate that tracing is likely to increase the risks of privacy infringement, verbal slur, and warning at residence; and students experience moderate-to-high levels of anxiety and fear. Improved public health measures are therefore necessary to balance the twin goals of containing disease and alleviating unintended consequences of tracing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number114371
JournalSocial Science and Medicine
Volume287
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Socio-psychological impacts
  • Spatio-temporal movements
  • Tracing
  • Wuhan-returned students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • History and Philosophy of Science

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