Coronavirus

With the spread of the novel coronavirus and its attendant COVID-19 outbreak, social and behavioral science is being deployed to assuage fears, understand risk, improve public health and implement social distancing strategies. These articles and resources seek to assist in that educational effort.

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Can We Trust the World Health Organization with So Much Power?

Robert Dingwall argues that the World health Organization has become a top-down, command-and-control approach, based on a narrow scientific base and the preferences, or prejudices, of a few major donors, that has failed to deliver in times of crisis.

2 months ago
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Face Masks and COVID – A Failed Technology

A model is only as good as its underlying simplifying assumptions and data, notes Robert Dingwall, and in the case of testing the effectiveness of face masks to combat the spread of COVID those data are, he argues, at best fragile.

4 months ago
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Face Masks for COVID: An Obituary?

While the full story will probably have to await the attention of historians, writes Robert Dingwall, but anyone who criticized masking was labeled as a peddler of disinformation.

4 months ago
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The Covid Pandemic in France: A Review

Henri Bergeron et al. Covid-19: Une Crise Organisationelle Sciences Po: Les Presses, 2020. 9782724626650Jean-Paul Gaudillière et al Pandémopolitiqiue La Découverte, […]

7 months ago
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King Canute and the Cult of Zero Infection

The humility of King Canute in the face of nature is worth recalling as a check on the enthusiasm for zero-infection. It is a fine-sounding slogan but do we really want to live in a society where everything else is sacrificed to this goal?

11 months ago
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Pandemic Management – The Path Not Taken

New data from the WHO show that during the pandemic’s first two years, Sweden had half the excess death rate of the UK, Germany or Spain – and a quarter of the excess death rate of many countries in Eastern Europe.

1 year ago
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