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COVID-19: Social Disease and Public Prudence

Peter Murphy


The article profiles the social aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic including the social component of virus transmission, the parallels between national and regional social distancing habits, and the impact of COVID-19 on populations. The interaction of low-contact and high-contact cultures with the COVID-19 virus is analyzed. The public policy response is examined with particular reference to proportionality in decision-making. The article explores the role of mid-range, balanced policies and temperate, moderate actions in dealing with a serious public health issue.


anxiety; balance; community immunity; coronavirus; COVID-19; crowds; death; economic lockdown; explanation; families; fear of death; haptics; high-contact cultures; low-contact cultures; modeling; pathogen; panic; predictions; proportionality; proxemics

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