Role of social scientists in fighting the pandemic

IN MALAYSIA social science and natural science stand poles apart. There is very little collaboration between scientists in these two fields. While scientists from both sides create body of knowledge and their work is based on empirical data, there seem to be lack of understanding and trust between them. This could have stemmed from our tradition of segregating science and arts at a very early stage of our education life.

The pandemic more than ever sees the importance of social science working hand-in-hand with natural science to get us out of this crisis or even prevent or manage future crisis better.