Effects of containment and closure policies on controlling the COVID-19 pandemic in East Asia

Sylvia Xiaohua Chen, Ben C.P. Lam, James H. Liu, Hoon Seok Choi, Emiko Kashima, Allan B.I. Bernardo

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Growing efforts have been made to pool coronavirus data and control measures from countries and regions to compare the effectiveness of government policies. We examine whether these strategies can explain East Asia’s effective control of the COVID-19 pandemic based on time-series data with cross-correlations between the Stringency Index and number of confirmed cases during the early period of outbreaks. We suggest that multidisciplinary empirical research in healthcare and social sciences, personality, and social psychology is needed for a clear understanding of how cultural values, social norms, and individual predispositions interact with policy to affect life-saving behavioural changes in different societies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-47
Number of pages6
JournalAsian Journal of Social Psychology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021


  • civic responsibility
  • containment and closure policies
  • COVID-19
  • multidisciplinary perspective
  • vigilance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Social Sciences(all)

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