Social, Psychological, and Philosophical Reflections on Pandemics and Beyond
Department of Psychiatry and School of Occupational Therapy, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2, Canada
Societies 2020, 10(2), 42; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc10020042
Received: 26 April 2020 / Revised: 29 May 2020 / Accepted: 30 May 2020 / Published: 1 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue COVID-19 and Social Sciences)
This conceptual paper presents social, psychological and philosophical (ethical and epistemological) reflections regarding the current (COVID-19) pandemic and beyond, using an analytic and comparative approach. For example, Taiwan and Canada are compared, addressing Taiwan’s learning from SARS. Suggestions are made in relation to current and future relevant practice, policy, research and education. For example, highly exposed individuals and particularly vulnerable populations, such as health care providers and socially disadvantaged (homeless and other) people, respectively, are addressed as requiring special attention. In conclusion, more reflection on and study of social and psychological challenges as well as underlying philosophical issues related to the current pandemic and more generally to global crises is needed.