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      Reflections on Trust and Covid 19: Do Politics, Medicine and the Environment need each other?

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          The short article is centered on how trust can be a valuable resource for developing cognate responses to the Covid 19 pandemic in the medical and social sciences. Politics and Medicine can learn from each other. Governments need to persuade individuals to adapt their behaviors, and such persuasion will be all the more convincing in that it is nested in social networks. Trust in government requires consistent (benevolent, performative and joined-up) explanations. The distinction between hard medical and soft social science blurs when patients/citizens are required to be active participants in combatting a pandemic virus.

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          UCL Open: Environment Preprint
          UCL Press
          18 July 2020
          [1 ] Professor of Political Science and Head of the Department of Government and International Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
          [2 ] Professor in Medicine and Head of “Preventive and Occupational Medicine” at the University Hospital of Clermont-Ferrand (CHU), France
          [3 ] Professor and Head of the Department of Sport, Physical Education and Health, Hong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong.

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          Social & Behavioral Sciences, Law, History

          Trust , environment, medical and social science, international comparison , transdisciplinarity, Covid 19 , political science, Policy and law


          Decision date: 12/8/2020

          Handling Editor: Dan Osborn

          The article has been accepted and it is suitable for publication in UCL Open: Environment.

          2020-09-23 15:28 UTC

          Date: 18/7/2020

          Handling Editor: Dan Osborn

          The Article has been revised, this article remains a preprint article and peer-review has not been completed.

          2020-09-23 15:27 UTC

          -- trust is important in pandemics and other issues of public health and the environment

          -- the paper gives a perspective on that that requires more discussion but this paper is a start on that in relation to Covid and its wider aspects.


          On behalf of Prof. Dan Osborn, Editor-in-Chief.

          2020-08-12 11:46 UTC

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