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Preparing democracies for pandemics

BMJ 2020; 371 doi: (Published 23 October 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;371:m4088

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Re: Follow the Science, but Lead the Psychology

Dear Editor

I suspect it is not helpful to talk in terms of psychology at all, and I am certainly not sure it would lead to trust. What we need are fully accountable democratic institutions, distanced from corporate and global interests, which are cognisant of the limits of human knowledge and power, as well as their misuse. Otherwise we will continue to be shaken to pieces by forces we can control far less than this disease or future promised diseases.

Joseph Zacharias & Megan Joffe, ‘ Follow the Science, but Lead the Psychology’, 24 October 2020,

Competing interests:, an on-line daily journal, concerns itself with the potential environmental sources for the proliferation of autism, neurological impairment, immune dysfunction and chronic disease. I receive no payment as UK Editor

25 October 2020
John Stone
UK Editor
London N22