Balancing risk and staying human.
Many governments are beginning to ease restrictions placed on us aimed at containing the spread of the coronavirus. Until a vaccine is widely available, the fear of contracting Covid-19 and becoming seriously ill as a result, will remain a very real one.
And as more schools, shops and workplaces begin to re-open, we’re all increasingly going to have to make decisions about the amount of risk we’re willing to take.
Our fear of threats and the unknown is part of being human. But so too is our desire to hug our loved ones and meet new people. And yet these once ordinary social activities are now tainted by risk.
Will we decide to abandon them? Many parents fear sending their children back to school, but may also worry whether staying at home will harm their education.
How should they weigh up the risks? Staying at home for months on end may reduce the risk of becoming infected with the virus, but what are the risks to mental health from taking that more cautious approach?
As the lockdowns end, how will managing risk and overcoming fear affect how we live? How will it affect what we understand to be rational, to be normal, and to be human?
this BBC World Service radio programme aired 23 May 2020 examines risk in a post c19 world
It can be downloaded as a podcast (or listen here here )
Frank Furedi - Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Kent and author of the book: 'How Fear Works'
Lenore Manderson - Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Medical Anthropology at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
Andrew Penn - Associate Clinical Professor and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at the University of California, San Francisco
Also featuring ...Dr Gabor Mate - author and expert on addiction, stress and childhood development
Tom Chivers - science writer
« Last Edit: May 24, 2020, 10:09:41 AM by stog »