Briefing paper

Most of our social interactions are already digital – so will physical isolation change anything?

COVID-19 Infectious diseases Families Pandemics Public health Digital communications Social isolation Social media Australia

Australia's response to the COVID-19 pandemic has meant that there are new rules around how we should interact with each other. There are strict limitations to the number of people with whom we can interact with at one time, and requirements relating to physical distancing.

Hand-shaking and physical greetings should be avoided altogether. Physical distancing and hygiene are the order of the day. But physical isolation shouldn’t mean we stop socialising altogether and now more than ever we need to make use of the tools around us – particularly digital communications – to adapt to this new way of life.

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Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre Research Brief COVID-19 #1