The immediate reaction to the emergence of a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Wuhan, China, has focused on its challenges to the biomedical sciences. But the new infection is at least as big a challenge to the social sciences. If we continue to neglect this, there is a serious danger that we end up with mistaken national and international policies that do more harm than good….
Would it be less damaging to social and economic life to accept that most people are quite likely to become mildly infected by the coronavirus, and that this will, in itself, reduce the possibilities for transmission as more people develop antibodies, and that biomedical science will eventually develop vaccines and therapies, much as happened with HIV?
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