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Frankfurt am Main, 26.03.2020 12:00:00

A pandemic is not only a biological event and a public health disaster, but it also generates impacts that are worth understanding from a societal, historical, and cultural perspective. In their article, Certified Corona-Immunity as a Resource and Strategy to Cope with Panemic Costs, Dr. Rainer Hegselmann, professor for philosophy at Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, Prof. Dr Reiner Eichenberger from Fribourgh University (Switzerland), Prof. Dr. David Savage from the University of Newcastle (Australia), Prof. Dr. David Stadelmann from the University of Bayreuth (Germany) and Prof. Dr. Benno Torgler from the Queensland University (Australia), argue that as the disease spreads, we are able to harness a valuable key resource, namely people who have immunity to Corona. This vital resource must be employed effectively, it must be certified, it must be searched for, it must be found, and it may even be actively produced. The scientists discuss why this needs to be done and how this can be achieved. Their arguments not only apply to the current pandemic, but also to any future rapidly spreading, infectious disease epidemics. In addition, they argue for awareness of a secondary non-biological crisis arising from the side effects of pandemic reactions. There is a risk that the impacts of the secondary crisis could outweigh that of the biological event from a health and societal perspective.

Download the article here.

Prof. Dr. Rainer Hegselmann