British sociology professor: Fear and blame don’t help to deal with the outbreak

Robert Dingwall, a sociology professor at Nottingham Trent University in the UK, said in a commentary that new infectious diseases are also a huge challenge for the social sciences. In his article, Dingwall cites Philip Strong, founder of the Sociological Research of Infectious Diseases 30 years ago, as saying that any new type of infectious disease can trigger three waves of social epidemics, namely fear, moral preaching and action.

British sociology professor: Fear and blame don't help to deal with the outbreak

Whenever new infectious diseases emerge, the first reaction is to worry that it threatens human survival; Dingwall believes the new coronavirus follows this pattern.

Dingwall points out that people are afraid of “new” infectious diseases, not the severity of the epidemic. More time should be spent telling people that the new coronavirus may be just another virus, and that eventually there will be a vaccine and a reasonably effective treatment.

Dingwall cites cultural critic Ivan Irich as saying that medical hubris is a key issue in modern society. “We think nature will succumb to our will, but we forget how to coexist with nature, and we forget that disease, disability and death are part of human existence. “

‘This does not mean that humanity has to be passive in accepting these challenges, nor does it mean that we should not try to meet them, but we must understand that these challenges are somehow inevitable, which is a reminder of the limitations of our biomedical science, ‘ Mr. Dingwall said.

Dingwall points out that it is important to question whether a “declaration of war” against the disease is really the best option. Because the rhetoric of “must win” is creating the illusion that humans can control natural evolution.