Understanding The Perception And Hierarchy Of Risks: An Environmental Medico-Scientific Perspective With Covid-19 In Mind

J. Reis, N. V. Zaitseva, P. S. Spencer

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The purpose of this article is to examine risk perception among some specific stakeholders, including international intergovernmental bodies, private western-based corporates, and among European public opinion surveys. We also address concerns of the Russian Federation and the impact of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Perception of risks is key to policy decision-making and probably more important than risk assessment. We offer a medico-scientific perspective based on factual evidence drawn mostly from official websites and publications. Our first goal is to understand if sufficient attention is given to human health, disease prevention and control relative to economic and financial considerations. Our second goal is to promote a translational and interprofessional approach to global risk prioritization by cooperation between the medico-scientific community and the financial-economic world. To this end, we examine the benefits for the practice of economic risk assessment of engaging biomedical expertise focused on global environmental health. Maintenance, expansion and sustainability of the human enterprise require health and wellness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-18
Number of pages14
JournalHealth Risk Analysis
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2020


  • Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
  • Belt and Road Initiative
  • Environmental health
  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
  • World Bank Group
  • World Economic Forum
  • World Health Organization
  • World Trade Organization
  • decision-making

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Health Informatics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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