I really wanted to write this column a month ago. Weeks later, it's still all-too-relevant. When It Comes to Covid-19, Most of Us Have Risk Exactly Backward
“Maybe, right now, we can’t have both schools and Disney World.”
It’s amazing to me that one of the only things we seem willing to close is schools. Why do we never talk about what else we might be willing to close to keep schools open?
I’m pleased that this has resonated with so many, and grateful that continues to highlight it!
Oh and if you haven't read it, I *so strongly* recommend this masterful piece by on our misperception of #covid19 risk
Risk-taking decisions not all-or-none. Add up. Safety measures add up. Every time you take calculated risk to socialise, balance it: refrain from another mixing opportunity. Child goes to school? Balance it by reducing encounters out of school.
"Each decision we make to reduce risk helps."
Like most everyone, I've been seeking out and clinging to a few trusted, humane voices of reason through this pandemic, and has been that from the very start — no less here than ever
So good, so important: Instead of thinking safety is all or nothing, we need a risk budget: if we do more of one risky thing, we should do less of another.
"We want it all. We want to eat in restaurants, crowd into houses, go to work and celebrate occasions en masse," writes . But "we need to be willing to trade some activities for others."
I like this piece from . I am also struggling with my teenage daughters who feel like they are the only ones still distancing and also feel like they have already done enough When It Comes to Covid-19, Most of Us Have Risk Exactly Backward
This needs to be repeated over and over again, thank you ⁦: “But as we loosen restrictions in some areas, we should be increasing restrictions in others” #COVID19 #SciComm
As usual, nails it. Wanna play soccer? Have to forego the after practice hangout. School? Then we should probably close bars. #ZeroSumGame
A super smart piece from ⁦⁩ about how to think about risk and covid that will help us get back to doing the things that are most important.
With all the rage on Berlin streets today, this piece about risk in the corona age & how more of us can contribute to the imperfect amount of protection necessary helped calm my jangled nerves #Berlin2908
Pandemic risk trade offs; take some risks here? Then play it safe over there. via
If U won't embrace absolutism about Covid precautions, nihilism isn't the only alternative. U can reduce popul. risk while reducing the misery of your privations by considering tradeoffs. What risky activities will U avoid in order to take part in others?
Good piece on covid and risk. I think of it as a risk budget: A person or a family or a community has one. Conserve it for the things that count (to me, in places that can, schools).
"If Americans were willing to invest in bigger-picture solutions, we could all have nicer things." Motion to replace like 85% of op-eds with this sentence.
"If Americans were willing to invest in bigger-picture solutions, we could all have nicer things." 1/
#COVIDー19 #COVID #Presidementia - Like you, I am often misled about what the numbers really mean. It’s called “innumeracy” or misunderstanding the math. In science this is common. In a pandemic, people can die. Understanding helps.
When It Comes to #Covid19, Most of Us Have Risk Exactly Backward. We aren’t very good at discussing trade-offs, but we need to make some during this pandemic, by via #RiskCommunication #scicomm
Nice job by . This basic concept is absolutely critical and holds for many other issues (like prevention, broadly modestly effective treatments, etc.). When It Comes to Covid-19, Most of Us Have Risk Exactly Backward
You can make the world a better place in many ways. ⁦⁩ does so by discussing trade offs. In medicine, in public health, and in policy, trade offs need more attn. kudos AC. I’m proud to be an IU graduate.
“Each time we wear a mask, we’re throwing some safety on the pile. Each time we socialize outside instead of inside, we’re throwing some safety on the pile. Each time we stay 6 feet away, we’re throwing safety on the pile.” Great by ⁦⁩!
"Instead of asking why we can’t do certain activities, we might consider what we’re willing to give up to do them more safely. Even better, we might even consider what we’re willing to give up so others can do them, too."
Opinion | America’s Coronavirus Reopening Choice: Schools, Bars or Disney World? - The New York Times
"we need to be willing to trade some activities for others. If people want to play on a sports team, for instance, they should consider giving something up to do so."
When It Comes to Covid-19, Most of Us Have Risk Exactly Backward: We aren’t very good at discussing trade-offs, but we need to make some during this pandemic. via . Aaron has used ur fave word
Good piece on how individual behaviours stop covid spread "As we loosen restrictions in some areas, we should be increasing restrictions in others. Too many view protective measures as all or nothing...Instead, we need to see that all our behavior adds up"
Good read. If everyone was so... reasonable. #COVID19 via
When It Comes to Covid-19, Most of Us Have Risk Exactly Backward
"Instead of asking why we can’t do certain activities, we might consider what we’re willing to give up to do them more safely. Even better, we might even consider what we’re willing to give up so others can do them, too." on risk tradeoffs
“ Maybe, right now, we can’t have both schools and Disney World” - via #COVID19
When It Comes to Covid-19, Most of Us Have Risk Exactly Backward
Look for the Small Wins, Not the Small Losses: When It Comes to Covid-19, Most of Us Have Risk Exactly Backward #COVID #community #together #risk #Distance
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When It Comes to Covid-19, Most of Us Have Risk Exactly Backward
"Instead of asking why we can’t do certain activities, we might consider what we’re willing to give up to do them more safely. Even better, we might even consider what we’re willing to give up so others can do them, too."
When It Comes to Covid-19, Most of Us Have Risk Exactly Backward
This is a great explainer of how risks and benefits are cumulative. ”Too many view protective measures as all or nothing: Either we do everything, or we might as well do none. That’s wrong. Instead, we need to see that all our behavior adds up.”
Reducing health risks involve **trade-offs** - reflections from When It Comes to Covid-19, Most of Us Have Risk Exactly Backward
"Each decision we make to reduce risk helps. Each time we wear a mask, we’re throwing some safety on the pile. Each time we socialize outside instead of inside, we’re throwing some safety on the pile."
Very good piece on risks, trade-offs & choices via
You have a COVID-19 risk budget... spend it wisely! America’s Coronavirus Reopening Choice: Schools, Bars or Disney World?
_ Good point👇 • Public mingling should lead to more careful behaviour within the family • But we instinctive do the opposite • via
When It Comes to Covid-19, Most of Us Have Risk Exactly Backward: 'Too many view protective measures as all or nothing: Either we do everything, or we might as well do none. That’s wrong. Instead, we need to see that all our behavior adds up.'