Expert Breaks Down Social Distancing Impact

Risk expert weighs on the impact of social distancing. John Iadarola and Sweta Chakraborty break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/

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Read more here: https://www.cambridge.org/core/services/aop-cambridge-core/content/view/1D0D6588D85E0DA62A03B6A08EB53F3B/S1867299X20000379a.pdf/how_risk_perceptions_not_evidence_have_driven_harmful_policies_on_covid19.pdf

"COVID-19 hits all of the cognitive triggers for how the lay public midjudges risk. Robust findings from the field of risk perception have identified unique characteristics of a risk that allow for greater attribution of frequency and probability than is likely to be aligned to the base-rate statistics of the risk. COVID-19 embodies these features. It is unfamiliar, invisible, dreaded, potentially endemic, involuntary, disproportionately impacts vulnerable populations like the elderly, and has the potential for widespread catastrophe. When risks with such characteristics emerge it is imperative for there to be trust between those in governance and communication and the lay public in order to quell public fears. This is not the environment in which COVID-19 has emerged, potentially resulting in even greater perceptions of risk."

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