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Many individual states and localities have loosened or eliminated mitigation measures as the COVID-19 pandemic has evolved. Individuals who wish to mitigate their risk of contracting COVID-19 must decide on effective strategies in environments that may have returned to pre-pandemic norms. Individuals must assess their level of risk and risk tolerance amid different mitigation measures, regulations, and metrics across states and localities. The public is also exposed to misinformation and disinformation through social and mainstream media - all occurring within a politically polarized environment. This rapid expert consultation draws on existing social, behavioral, and decision science research to identify actionable guidance for state, local, and tribal decision makers seeking to help members of the public make their own and others' risk assessments related to COVID-19.

This rapid expert consultation was produced through the Societal Experts Action Network (SEAN), an activity of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine that is sponsored by the National Science Foundation. SEAN links researchers in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences with decision makers to respond to policy questions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. This project is affiliated with the National Academies' Standing Committee on Emerging Infectious Diseases and 21st Century Health Threats, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response.

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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2022. Supporting Individual Risk Assessment during COVID-19. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/26629.

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21 pages | 8.5 x 11 |  DOI: https://doi.org/10.17226/26629

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