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UNF professor’s research to be featured in upcoming book on COVID-19

December 30, 2020

Travel warning sign from an Isle of Man airport that reads - Stop the spread of COVID-19Dr. Sharon Cobb, professor of economics and geography in the University of North Florida’s Coggin College of Business, recently presented her research on “Post-Pandemic and Post-Brexit considerations for Financial Services” at the virtual conference of the 75th annual meeting of the Southeastern Division of the American Association of Geographers.


Based on the virtual presentation, Dr. Cobb was invited to contribute a chapter to an interdisciplinary and international book on the causes and impacts of the coronavirus on populations, economies, politics, institutions and environments called "COVID-19 and an Emerging World of Ad Hoc Geographies," coming soon in March 2021.


The chapter's focus will be on the extensive response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Dr. Cobb’s birthplace, the Isle of Man (Manx), a self-governing British dependency in the Irish Sea between England and Ireland.


The goal of the Manx government was to stop the spread of the coronavirus at all costs, limiting travel both in and out of the country and enforcing safety precautions such as social distancing, frequent hand-washing, wearing a mask at all times in public places, self-isolation and more.


“It has been amazing that the island has 'pulled up the drawbridge' so to speak, making it almost impossible to leave the island and then come back, or to even get to the island if you are non-resident,” said Cobb.


Because of their diligent response, the Isle of Man has begun the process of lifting strict COVID-19 procedures as the case numbers dwindle on the small island.