Covid-19 infodemic: To stem the tide of panic, we need to understand people’s fears, not condemn them


By Robert Peckham
South China Morning Post
March 1, 2020

Epidemics confront us with existential life-and-death questions that invoke strong emotions. Medical science and public health practitioners should address feelings as a key part of communication and preparedness, rather than dismiss them. . . .

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Photo: Robert Peckham, editor of Empires of Panic: Epidemics and Colonial Anxieties