This is a guest post from Emma Despland. Her first pandemic-themed guest post is here; this week, she asks what the pandemic can teach the public about science, and teach us about public understanding of science.
There is considerable frustration about uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, how serious it is and what we should do.
Do we need to wear masks? What kind of mask? If you’re had Covid-19, are you immune? For how long? Do I need to disinfect my groceries? Is it safe to go jogging outside? One model suggests that you need to be 10 m away from someone who is running to avoid getting hit by their microdroplets and possibly contaminated, whereas other experts think this long-distance transmission is unlikely.
Fictional representations of science show too many Eureka moments. Continue reading