Covid-19 and common sense

09 AUG,2020 | MEDC


 

The number of Covid-19 infections are rising exponentially. Against this backdrop it is worth asking whether enforceable laws are more effective than social norms. After all, there is only so much that the government can do in the face of black swan events. The need of the hour is to develop public guidelines with their underlying rationale explained convincingly, so that people are incentivized to modify their behaviour accordingly. As more is learnt about the scientific intricacies of Covid-19, better guidelines can be developed. But in these cases it is also dangerous to rely excessively upon epidemiological studies demonstrating causalities, as they can never be conclusively established. Most cause-effect relationships have to be taken with a pinch of salt, and the awareness that they may need to be constantly examined. Regardless of how much science progresses, time-tested common sense cannot be ignored.

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