Scarey Variants

During more than 15 years of working with infectious diseases, a large part of my role involved reducing panic and fear in order that appropriate and proportionate responses could be implemented. This was never easy. People are drawn to fear and panic where infectious diseases are concerned, and even qualified medical doctors with limited infectious … More Scarey Variants

Vanquishing Variants

Do we need to fear different variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus? One of the most basic concepts students of Virology learn is that virus mutation is an evolutionary process which affects a virus’ chances of survival. Lethal viruses render their hosts too unwell for human contact, limiting the virus’ ability for ongoing transmission. Milder viruses, … More Vanquishing Variants

Wicked Problems and Collective Impact

Wicked problems appear impossible to solve. They are complex, long-standing, seemingly intractable, and there are divergent opinions about the ways to address them. Wicked problems do not occur in a vacuum. They are enmeshed in wider social, cultural and political issues. Typically, governments and other organizations attempt to fix wicked problems through a particular lens … More Wicked Problems and Collective Impact