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Expert Perspectives on the Coronavirus Pandemic

Evolutionary Geneticist and Anthropology Professor Dr. Hendrik Poinar joins five other researchers in the New Yorker Video "Expert Perspectives on the Coronavirus Pandemic". Joined by Virologist Meike Dittman, Physician Martin Blaser, Philosopher Simon Critchley, Science Fiction Writer Max Brooks, and Sociologist Gil Eyal, they take a look at COVID-19 from several different perspectives.

May 07, 2020

Dr. Hendrik Poinar joins five other researchers in the New Yorker Video "Expert Perspectives on the Coronavirus Pandemic". Joined by Virologist Meike Dittman, Physician Martin Blaser, Philosopher Simon Critchley, Science Fiction Writer Max Brooks, and Sociologist Gil Eyal, they take a look at COVID-19 from several different perspectives.

Together, the six researchers look at COVID-19 from the historical perspective of other pandemics, the science of the current virus, the role of social media, public health infrastructure, and the effect of different personality types and responses to the outbreak. Trying to understand what we can learn from this pandemic, the group also hopes that as individuals, and as a society, we reflect on and re-order what we think of as important, particularly in a largely pleasure and comfort based society.