“๐–๐ž ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐š๐Ÿ๐ซ๐š๐ข๐ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ก.
๐–๐ž ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฉ๐จ๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ž๐š๐ซ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ž๐ฉ๐ข๐๐ž๐ฆ๐ข๐œ ๐๐ข๐ฌ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ž ๐›๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐จ ๐›๐ฅ๐š๐ฆ๐ž ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ๐ž.”

At the media briefing on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) on 28 February 2020, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) discussed the current situation of the coronavirus outbreak. He said โ€“

โ€œOur greatest enemy right now is not the virus itself.
Itโ€™s fear, rumours and stigma.โ€

The chair of the Global Health Council, Dr. Jonathan D. Quick, also agrees โ€“ fear is one of the major hindrances towards the management of any global pandemic.

In the book titled โ€˜The End of Epidemicsโ€ he wrote, small infectious-disease outbreaks explode into global pandemics through human action or inaction. We human beings are too often victims of our own psychological, political, and sociological failures.

Since the earliest times, fear is one of the human failings that have stopped or delayed effective prevention and response.

We are all afraid of death. We respond to the fear of epidemic disease by wanting to blame someone else. Anytime a threat arises, we want to blame the โ€œother,โ€ those not like โ€œus.โ€ At the outbreak of the 1918 Spanish flu, Americans blamed โ€œthe Hun.โ€ AIDS was blamed on gay men. We want to punish those with the disease, pretending that whatever makes them other has cursed them. The most contagious behavioural reaction that affects political leaders, businesspeople, and the public is panic that disproportionately exceeds the actual event. Scared people over personalize the news, and their worries increase. Fear is a warning system intended to alert us to impending danger, just as it is in animals. When we let it override our rationality, we make things much worse.

Reference:

Quick, J.D. and Fryer, B., 2018. The end of epidemics: The looming threat to humanity and how to stop it. St. Martin’s Press.

WHO, 2020. โ€œWHO Director-General’s opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 – 28 February 2020.โ€ Accessed March 01, 2020. https://www.who.int/dg/speeches/detail/who-director-general-s-opening-remarks-at-the-media-briefing-on-covid-19—28-february-2020