EPISODE #2 – OMER TZUK
Omer Tzuk is a scientist and philosopher, earning degrees in astronomy and astrophysics, and a PhD in pysics.
He is currently undertaking his Post-Doc studies and research at the Laboratory for Epidemic Modelling and Analysis at Tel-Aviv University in Israel, where he is using mathematical modelling and statistical analysis to predict the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
In this discussion, Omer provides an extraordinary insight from the scientific frontline in the fight against the global Covid-19 pandemic.
KEY POINTS DISCUSSED IN THIS CONVERSATION:
– How mathematical modelling and analysis is used in the global fight against Covid-19.
– Challenges that Covid-19 poses for governments, scientists and populations around the world.
– Scientific researchers and funding being taken away from other health research, and the possible negative consequence of this.
– Specific cultural, religious and societal challenges faced in the fight against Covid-19.
– The potential negative impact that lockdowns, restrictions and social distancing can have on populations around the world.
– Challenges faced by societies around the world, as governments and security contractors begin using surveillance and tracking apps, under the guise of “keeping the public safe” during the pandemic – and he also gives specific examples of how this is currently being done in Israel.
This discussion was recorded on Friday 10th July, 2020.
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