This is not the first epidemic or pandemic our world has experienced. However, when I looked into studies on each epidemic/pandemic, a recurring theme arose: fear. The fear of a pandemic; stirred by media, often times had a more severe impact on people than the disease itself.
Recently, a group of scientists published an open letter (Morawska and Milton, 2020) urging governments and organisations to consider that airborne transmission of the COVID-19/SARS-COV-2 virus may be more impactful than surface transmission.
Within industry and academic recommendations, we can apply to our varied and unique industry. Considering privacy as a human right, it's important that we consider the impact of such systems, both positive and negative, and view them within the bigger picture of our moral obligations.
Evidence has shown that restrictions on mass gatherings implemented early on in pandemic can greatly reduce the risk of transmission. However, research in virus transmission at mass gatherings is showing varied evidence in the association of size with the transmission of influenza.
With events cancelled across the world, industry professionals are looking to each other and news articles to find some indication of how our industry will be impacted once these restrictions are lifted.