How epidemics change us

INGSA/Koi Tū EXCLUSIVE As governments around the world try to contain the pandemic of Covid-19, they often draw on experiences of past epidemics. The swift and (so far) successful response of Hong Kong and Singapore, despite their proximity to the origin of pandemic in Hubei, China, has been attributed to the living memory of the 2003 epidemic of SARS. SARS left behavioural change and infection control practices that are now proving useful against Covid-19.

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Nomen est omen: Naming COVID-19 and Social Consequences

We all know the risk of crying wolf: if we do it too often then people will stop believing us. As a result, risk communicators must not cry wolf too often—but not too rarely either.

This is a probable reason for the reluctance of the WHO to declare a pandemic when it appeared clear to many of us that the new virus was both severe and spreading to far-away places… Read More

Using social and behavioural science to support COVID-19 pandemic response

The COVID-19 pandemic represents a massive, global health crisis. Because the crisis requires large-scale behavior change and poses significant psychological burdens on individuals, insights from the social and behavioural sciences are critical for optimizing pandemic response. Here we review relevant research from a diversity of research areas relevant to different dimensions of pandemic response.… Read More

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