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News | Feb. 3, 2021

The "Pandemic Textbook" Must Include Decision-Making

By Laurence Alison and Neil Shortland Ph.D.

Minerva-funded researcher, Neil D. Shortland and Laurence Alison recent article discusses why good pandemic management requires goal-directed least-worst decision-making. As scientists who study decision-making early on, they realized that what the COVID-19 pandemic required was rapid "least-worst" goal-directed decision-making. Least-worst decisions involve outcomes in which every course of action has negative consequences, and the decision-maker needs to differentiate which of the many courses of action offers the “best (or least-worst) solution.”