“Following the science” in the COVID-19 pandemic
29 Apr 2020 by John Dupré
A mantra of recent government policy reporting in recent weeks is that they are only following the science. The science recommended the lockdown, and the science will let us know when it can be relaxed, apparently. It tells us what tests need to be done for whom and what protective equipment is needed for whom. How exactly can it do this?
Test, trace, track: the biopolitics of COVID-19 (redux)
01 May 2020 by Peter Mills
For a week or so now the public discourse on the UK’s COVID-19 epidemic has been shifting from the horror of the daily death count to the hope that there may be a way of relaxing the restrictions that have been placed on citizens’ freedom of movement and assembly.
Nuffield Council evidence reviews explore community agency and engagement in global health emergencies
05 May 2020
Evidence reviews that explore community agency and community engagement in four global health emergencies have been published by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics.
‘We’re all in this together’ – what does this mean for COVID-19 research?
06 May 2020 by Katharine Wright
In most emergencies, affected communities play a key role in initiating and leading response activities – in stark contrast to the stereotype of people overwhelmed by the emergency waiting helplessly for help from outsiders.
Why the Government must engage the public on its COVID-19 response
07 May 2020 by Simon Burall
In order to exit lockdown safely, the UK will need to be able to identify virus hotspots and have a robust track and trace process in place to ensure that people who might be infected know that they need to self-isolate.
Webinar - COVID-19 and policy making: the role of public engagement and deliberation
13 May 2020