‘CoMix’ is a groundbreaking study that follows households across Europe in real-time over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey asks people about their awareness, attitudes and behaviours in response to COVID-19 and measures how these change over time.
Already, the results have helped researchers calculate the reproduction, or R, number (an important factor in measuring the transmission rate of the virus) and track the effectiveness of particular restrictions in different countries. In doing so, CoMix is providing Governments and other key decision-makers with vital information on the types and timing of measures that are most effective in controlling the pandemic.
The survey first launched in March 2020 in Belgium, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Early results have proved so crucial in assessing the spread and control of COVID-19 that the study has now been extended to an additional 17 countries in Europe. This will allow for broader comparisons of different national responses, equipping us with even greater knowledge of the pandemic and how to control it. This extension would not have been possible without the collaboration of local universities and public health agencies in each of the 17 countries and the support of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in establishing this collaborative network. A full list of CoMix partners can be found below.
CoMix is part of the EpiPose project funded by the European Commission. The study is led by Professor John Edmunds and Dr. Christopher Jarvis at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine with support from Hasselt University, with fieldwork delivered by Ipsos MORI UK.
The CoMix study, funded under the EpiPose project, will run in 20 countries with the support and collaboration of the following local partners:
Gesundheit Österreich GmbH (GÖG) Austria
Hrvatski zavod za javno zdravstvo (HZJZ) Croatia
Aarhus Universitet Denmark
Tervise Arengu Instituut Estonia
Terveyden ja hyvinvoinnin laitos Finland
Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Poitiers France
Panepistimio Dytikis Attikis Greece
Szegedi Tudomanyegyetem Hungary
Vilniaus universitetas Lithuania
Ministry for Health Malta
Narodowy Instytut Zdrowia Publicznego – Państwowy Zakład Higieny Poland
Instituto Nacional de Saude Doutor Ricardo Jorge (INSA) Portugal
Univerzita Komenského v Bratislave Slovakia
Nacionalni inštitut za javno zdravje Slovenia
Institut de Investigació en Ciències de la Salut Germans Trias I Pujol Spain
Fondazione ISI Italy
Universität Bern Switzerland
Univeristeit Antwerpen Belgium
Universiteit Hasselt Belgium
Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu The Netherlands
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine The UK
CoMix in the media:
Preliminary study finds UK lockdown is slowing spread of COVID-19 (Reuters, 1st April 2020)
Coronavirus: UK lockdown has cut social contact by three-quarters, says study (Sky News, 1st April 2020)
Preliminary Study Finds UK Lockdown Is Slowing Spread of COVID-19 (US News, 1st April 2020)