Last year’s weapons to fight this year’s wars – or virus variants – are not going to cut it anymore.
Experts tracking the virus and the public health protocols say things have changed and it’s time for a review and clearer communication of what works and what doesn’t. There are also clanging bells in the distance; it’s a wake-up call that as government mandates and guidelines slip to the background, individuals will have to take greater personal responsibility and get used to personal risk assessment.
For UCT Emeritus Professor Crain Soudien who was previously CEO at the Human Sciences Research Council this presents clear tension points. But he says it can also be a moment to reset day-to-day human interactions that have become marked by casual crudeness, entitlement to offend or call out and retreat to angry laagers and bubbles of confirmation bias. It makes having conversations about tough topics tougher.
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