People wearing face masks in Hong Kong queuing up for hours for more masks. Photo: AFP People wearing face masks in Hong Kong queuing up for hours for more masks. Photo: AFP
People wearing face masks in Hong Kong queuing up for hours for more masks. Photo: AFP
Robert Peckham
Opinion

Opinion

Robert Peckham

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

  • 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

People wearing face masks in Hong Kong queuing up for hours for more masks. Photo: AFP People wearing face masks in Hong Kong queuing up for hours for more masks. Photo: AFP
People wearing face masks in Hong Kong queuing up for hours for more masks. Photo: AFP
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Robert Peckham

Robert Peckham

Robert Peckham is professor of history and director of the Centre for the Humanities and Medicine at the University of Hong Kong.