Will there be a silver lining in the end? Lessons from and reflections on the COVID-19 pandemic in Hong Kong and beyond

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Abstract

This article provides an analysis of the psychological and moral transformations as people confront the risk of infection, using Hong Kong as a case example. In the face of an unfamiliar threat, the need for uncertainty reduction gives rise to hasty, uncritical, and oversimplified assumptions about risk reduction, while prejudice against people and nations who do not share similar practices, as well as those symptomatic or at risk of catching the virus, ensue. The pandemic is eroding basic human decency and our compassion for one another while the human race battles a common threat to our destiny. Copyright © 2020 American Psychological Association.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S28-S30
JournalPsychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy
Volume12
Issue numberS1
Early online dateJun 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020

Citation

Cheng, S.-T. (2020). Will there be a silver lining in the end? Lessons from and reflections on the COVID-19 pandemic in Hong Kong and beyond. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 12(S1), S28-S30. doi: 10.1037/tra0000926

Keywords

  • Coronavirus
  • Pandemic
  • Hong Kong

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