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

Daniel Black, Geoff Bates, Andy Gibson, Eli Hatleskog, Eleonora Fichera, Jenny Hatchard, Md Nazmul Hasan, Ges Rosenberg, Charles Larkin, Rachel Brierley, Judy Kidger, Krista Bondy, Matt Hickman, Kathy Pain, Ben Hicks, Gabriel Scally, Arpana Verma, Neil 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 the existential risks from the climate and ecological crises.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCities and Health
Early online date22 Sep 2020
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 22 Sep 2020

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