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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] Professor of Political Science and Head of the Department of Government and International
Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
] Professor in Medicine and Head of “Preventive and Occupational Medicine” at the University
Hospital of Clermont-Ferrand (CHU), France
] Professor and Head of the Department of Sport, Physical Education and Health, Hong
Kong Baptist University, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong.
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