Pandemics and the great evolutionary mismatch

Curr Biol. 2020 May 18;30(10):R417-R419. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2020.04.010.


Dezecache et al. argue that affiliation and contact-seeking are key responses to danger. These natural social tendencies are likely to hinder the observance of physical distancing during the current pandemic. We need internet access at this time, not only to promote freedom of expression, but also to promote public health.

MeSH terms

  • Biological Evolution*
  • COVID-19 / epidemiology*
  • COVID-19 / prevention & control*
  • Health Behavior*
  • Humans
  • SARS-CoV-2*