INGSA/Koi Tū EXCLUSIVE COVID-19 has created a communication context for scientists. But what happens when differing forms of expertise and evidence offer competing understandings? And what happens when the public observe these disagreements?
For whatever happens next, what is already evident is that expert advisers and scientific institutions found themselves so wrong, commentators and policy-makers so short-sighted, affluent societies so poorly resourced, macho demagogues and plutocrats so indecisive, and democracies and autocracies so ill-prepared.… Read More
How is it possible that we were not ready? Not only had Bill Gates been banging on about this for a long time, but pandemics also featured strongly on regional and national risk registers produced by governments and bureaucrats, as well as international registers from non-governmental organisations.… Read More
Knowledge-based advice to governments, preparedness, public awareness, and timely actions are an earnest of success in coping with crises and disasters. A fruitful cooperation between scientists, policymakers and the society at all stages of disaster risk management would contribute to resilience and sustainability, and is vitally important during crises/disasters such as the COVID-19 pandemic. No political and governmental actions are productive without having scientific knowledge and public awareness raised.… Read More