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Global Health Histories 106 - 'Strategies of Anti-Panic: A New Approach to Epidemic Panic'

Friday 18 May 2018, 2.30PM

Speaker(s): Keiji Fukuda (Director, School of Public Health, University of Hong Kong), Robert Peckham (Director, Centre for the Humanities and Medicine, University of Hong Kong), Kirsten Ostherr (Director, Medical Futures Lab, Rice University)

Health panics are nothing new, but the rise of mass communications and the increasing dominance of the mass media in everyday life has potentially harmful consequences during disease outbreaks.

Techniques to combat health panics receive high attention by governments and international organizations, but public anxiety can endure even when knowledge and information about an outbreak is readily available and reassuring. Panics can result in harmful and erroneous rumours, extreme behaviours such as fear and avoidance of public spaces, loss of trust in public health officials, and stigmatization of sufferers.

In this seminar, our expert panel will draw on examples from the recent past to explore strategies of anti-panic and new approaches to rumour control. This will be followed by a panel discussion.

Global Health Histories Poster 106 (PDF , 437kb)

Location: Room A2-08 (MTC), 2/F William M.W. Mong Block, Faculty of Medicine Building, The University of Hong Kong, 21 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong