"This new illness certainly is frightening and needs attention, but it’s important to note that far more people die from an illness that’s all too familiar — the seasonal flu. Baruch Fischhoff, PhD, is a professor at Carnegie Mellon University and an expert on public perception of risk and human judgment and decision-making. He explains why we worry about new risks more than familiar ones, how to calm our anxiety and what are the psychological effects of being quarantined."
About the expert:
"PhD, Baruch Fischhoff, is Howard Heinz university professor in the department of Engineering and Public Policy and the Institute for Politics and Strategy at Carnegie Mellon University. He holds a BS in mathematics and psychology from Wayne State University and a PhD in psychology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and of the National Academy of Medicine and has served on many National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine committees. He is past president of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making and of the Society for Risk Analysis. He has chaired the Food and Drug Administration Risk Communication Advisory Committee and been a member of the Eugene Commission on the Rights of Women, the department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee and the Environmental Protection Agency Scientific Advisory Board, where he chaired the Homeland Security Advisory Committee. His books include "Acceptable Risk," "Risk: A Very Short Introduction," "Judgment and Decision Making," "A Two-State Solution in the Middle East: Prospects and Possibilities”, “Counting Civilian Casualties” and “Communicating Risks and Benefits: An Evidence-Based Guide.”"
To watch Dr. Baruch Fischhoff speak on Coronavirus anxiety, visit https://youtu.be/xrxMDan_5Fc.