Pandemics, vulnerability and prevention: time to fundamentally reassess how we value and communicate risk?

Daniel Black*, Geoffrey Bates, Andy J Gibson, Eli Hatleskog, Eleonora Fichera, Jenny L Hatchard, Hasan Md Nazmul, Ges Rosenberg, Charles Larkin, Rachel C M Brierley, Judi L Kidger, Krista Bondy, Matt Hickman, Kathy Pain, Ben J Hicks, Gabriel J Scally, Arpana Verma, Neil J Carhart, Paul Pilkington, Alistair HuntPaddy Ireland

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Abstract

For over a decade, pandemics have been on the UK National Risk Register as both the likeliest and most severe of threats. Non-infectious ‘lifestyle’ diseases were already crippling our healthcare services and our economy. COVID-19 has exposed two critical vulnerabilities: firstly, the UK’s failure to adequately assess and communicate the severity of non-communicable disease; secondly, the health inequalities across our society, due not least to the poor quality of our urban environments. This suggests a potentially disastrous lack of preventative action and risk management more generally, notably with regards to the existential risks from the climate and ecological crises.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
JournalCities & Health
Early online date22 Sep 2020
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 22 Sep 2020

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