July 21, 2020, Vol 324, No. 3, Pages 209-310
Cognitive Bias and Public Health Policy During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Scott D. Halpern, MD, PhD; Robert D. Truog, MD; Franklin G. Miller, PhD
JAMA. 2020;324(4):337-338. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.11623
This Viewpoint reviews common cognitive biases that led health centers and the public to favor patient- over population health–oriented policy responses to the initial COVID-19 pandemic, and proposes messaging to better articulate the rationale for more effective population health responses.