Human-Environment-Health and Reinforcement of Individual Resilience

8 Pages Posted: 22 Apr 2020 Last revised: 23 Apr 2020

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Didier Sornette

ETH Zürich - Department of Management, Technology, and Economics (D-MTEC); Swiss Finance Institute; Southern University of Science and Technology; Tokyo Institute of Technology

Peter Cauwels

ETH Zürich; Director Quaerens CommV

Euan Mearns

ETH Zürich - Department of Management, Technology, and Economics (D-MTEC)

Ke Wu

Southern University of Science and Technology; ETH Zurich - Department of Management, Technology, and Economics (D-MTEC)

Date Written: April 17, 2020

Abstract

The ongoing SARS-CoV-2 pandemic is stressing the world population, health care system and economies at a level not experienced since WWII or the last “Spanish flu” pandemic of 1918. This shock provides a real-life test of the resilience of human societies, challenging our understanding and level of preparation. We suggest that a decay of global individual health resilience, due to cumulative multi-factor pollutions and modern ways of life, has made the whole population strongly susceptible to the COVID 19 pandemic. To ensure future resilient societies, we propose to prioritize economic development fostering depollution of the ecosystem and of individuals, and training individual responsibility.

Keywords: COVID-19, resilience, system, pollution, individual responsibility, social digital technologies

JEL Classification: I12, I18, I30, M14, Q50

Suggested Citation

Sornette, Didier and Cauwels, Peter and Mearns, Euan and Wu, Ke, Human-Environment-Health and Reinforcement of Individual Resilience (April 17, 2020). Swiss Finance Institute Research Paper No. 20-23, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3580740 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3580740

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