Mixed response to the information about the pandemic, a need for preventive actions as situations of this kind occur and for working out new tools other than restrictive measures
This is of course a new challenge which we are definitely assessing and have to assess after working with it a little more, I mean the infodemic. The situation which is developing and was developing from the beginning in a completely new information environment. Communication capability is enormous and trust in the information coming from an official or a scientist, or a neighbour turned out to be different — Anna Popova, Head of the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing - Chief State Sanitary Physician of the Russian Federation.
First, we see increasing demand in reliable information. <…> Now, everyone is an epidemiologist, especially on social media, and people have gone through this stage, they absorbed that unverified information, and we are carrying out a study of social sustainability and we see demand for reliable information — Lilia Ovcharova, Vice Rector of the National Research University Higher School of Economics.
One of essential components if this global problem, which is going to be handled by Rospotrebnadzor’s research institutions, is a system of preventive measures for emerging threats — Sergey Balakhonov, Director, Irkutsk Research Anti-Plague Institute of Siberia and the Far East.
Countries are less and less ready for imposing social distancing measures. They are out of available options. Communities and whole lives were cut off from normal life. Now, to prepare ourselves to new pandemics, we need innovations, fast provision of services to people in other sectors. We must exploit emerging innovations as early as possible to provide preventive actions — Dorit Nitzan, Regional Emergency Director for the European Region, Health Emergencies Programme, World Health Organization.