30 June 2020
To better understand what working on COVID-19 during the pandemic entails, we have interviewed RECOVER project member Melanie Hoste about her role in the project and day-to-day activities.
What is your role within RECOVER/in the COVID-19 pandemic and what it entails?
Could you tell us a little bit about the project/work you’re involved in?
In the context of COVID-19, what are some of things you’ve found easy/challenging to work with?
Easy to work with?
Challenging to work with?
What is the expected impact of the work you’re doing?
Melanie is a PhD Student at the department of Family Medicine and Population Health (FAMPOP) and the Laboratory of Medical Microbiology at the University of Antwerp.
Melanie studied Biochemistry and Social and Cultural Anthropology before working as a communications manager for different EU-funded projects focused on infectious diseases and coordinated at the University of Antwerp. She has an interest in medical anthropology around epidemics and pandemics and her PhD research will be focused on COVID-19 and infections in primary care. She is involved in the social science work of RECOVER where patients with COVID-19 are being interviewed from primary care on their experiences with the virus and having consultations with their primary healthcare practitioner during times of a pandemic.
Melanie is also involved in VALUE-Dx where she will be capturing experiences of patients and healthcare professionals in primary care in using diagnostics that test for respiratory infections for a clinical trial.