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R.P. Eddy wrote about a coming pandemic in 2017. Why didn't we listen?

In his book with Richard Clarke, "Warnings," Eddy made clear this was inevitable.

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  • In their 2017 book, "Warnings," R.P. Eddy and Richard Clarke warned about a coming pandemic.
  • "You never get credit for correctly predicting an outbreak," says science journalist Laurie Garrett in the book.
  • In this interview with Big Think, R.P. Eddy explains why people don't listen to warnings—and how to try to get them to listen.
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New research suggests biases play a role in FDA drug approval

Innovative drugs are sometimes held up due to old-fashioned human biases.

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  • When new drugs are similar to popular drugs on the market, FDA approval takes up to 75 percent longer.
  • Texas McCombs Professor Francisco Polidoro Jr. reviewed 291 drugs over a 35-year period.
  • Polidoro believes that potential coronavirus treatments or vaccines could help the FDA improve upon this longstanding bias.
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England rolls out 'Test and Trace' program to combat COVID-19

The program aims to notify people after they've come in close contact with someone who tested positive.

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  • The program currently involves 25,000 contract tracers who are capable of tracing 10,000 contacts per day.
  • Participation in the program is voluntary, though officials said it may become mandatory if necessary.
  • The program will eventually include a smartphone app that records who you've come in close proximity to.
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Dealing with loneliness during the pandemic

Sheltering at home is anti-instinctual behavior. Yet doing so saves lives.

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  • Mental health disorders are on the rise during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Lack of social contact is anti-instinctual behavior for humans, yet it is needed during this particular crisis.
  • How we cope with social distancing and sheltering at home will in large part dictate how long this crisis lasts.
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Would you volunteer for a COVID-19 vaccine trial? 1,500 people just did.

Human-challenge trials are not without risk, but they could speed up the process.

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  • 1Day Sooner recruited nearly 1,500 volunteers for a potential human-challenge trial to test for COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Human-challenge trials could help expedite the process that clinical trials must endure.
  • At least six COVID-19 vaccination trials are currently underway, with over 70 planned around the world.
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