Tuesday June 2, 2020

Give us the bad news – we can take it

The risk of information overload and spreading panic in this crisis is real. But telling us the facts, even when things go wrong, will only strengthen public trust in those leading the fight against Covid-19

29th March, 2020
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Minister for Health Simon Harris and chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan; public confidence in the official response to the coronvirus is linked to the release or withholding of accurate information. Picture: PA

Information is power, as Minister for Health Simon Harris said on Wednesday when he announced that a coronavirus information booklet would be delivered to every household in the state.

His message was aimed at the public, but applies equally to those in authority. The government and health officials have been widely and rightly praised for their handling of the Covid-19 crisis so far, a sentiment strengthened by comparison with the often shambolic leadership shown in...

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