An epidemic of rumors : how stories shape our perception of by Jon D. Lee

By Jon D. Lee

In An Epidemic of Rumors, Jon D. Lee examines the human reaction to epidemics during the lens of the 2003 SARS epidemic. Societies frequently reply to the eruption of affliction by way of developing tales, jokes, conspiracy theories, legends, and rumors, yet those narratives are usually extra harmful than the ailments they reference. the data disseminated via them is frequently erroneous, incorporating xenophobic reasons of the disease’s origins and questionable clinical information regarding power remedies and treatment.

Folklore stories brings very important and worthwhile views to figuring out cultural responses to the outbreak of affliction. via this etiological research Lee indicates the similarities among the narratives of the SARS outbreak and the narratives of alternative modern ailment outbreaks like AIDS and the H1N1 virus. His research means that those ailment narratives don't spring up with new outbreaks or ailments yet are in non-stop move and are recycled opportunistically. Lee additionally explores even if this predictability of vernacular ailment narratives provides the chance to create counter-narratives published systematically from the govt or clinical technology to stymie the unwanted effects of the frightened rumors that so usually inflame humanity.

With strength for useful software to public wellbeing and fitness and health and wellbeing coverage, An Epidemic of Rumors will be of curiosity to scholars and students of wellbeing and fitness, medication, and folklore.

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The April 19 edition of The Lancet similarly focused on SARS but contained even more works relevant to the epidemic. In total, the edition devoted seven of fifty-six articles to the disease: one editorial, two commentaries, one article, one news piece, and two letters in the correspondence section. All of these pieces were clinical in nature and tone, discussing infection control measures and the identification of the coronavirus as the possible source of infection. Weeks 12–13 (April 20-May 3) The continuing aggression of SARS led to China facing increasing pressure and criticism over its lack of openness in discussing the disease and revealing pertinent and timely information.

On the same day, the first suspected SARS case was reported in Australia; the first three cases were reported in Indonesia; a Malaysian hospital admitted that several patients had been quarantined for a number of days under suspicion of infection; and Singapore reported three new cases after screening processes at airports led nurses to send seven people to hospitals. At this point some 1,770 people in five countries had been diagnosed with SARS and 64 had died (“US Holds Plane in Virus Scare” 2003).

Hong Kong had also created a novel warning system for its people in the form of text messages sent to cell phones: “Those opting for the service will have their phones tracked and will be told via short message service (SMS) which buildings within a kilometer of their location have had SARS . . cases occur, as declared by the Hong Kong Department of Health” (Lui 2003). Also in late April, the WHO officially recognized Vietnam as the first country to effectively control the disease, with no new cases appearing in two weeks (“How Vietnam Beat the Bug” 2003).

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