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Points Of View: Cooperation During Disasters

As the number of American COVID-19 cases continues to rise, health officials and government authorities have asked people to practice social distancing through measures such as avoiding crowded locations and staying six feet apart from another person.

In times like these, we need to cooperate with each other more than ever.

However, when disasters hit, whether they be pandemics or hurricanes, can we expect people to step up and do their part?

The Show held a Points of View roundtable discussion about this question with two people who are well-versed in the mentality behind cooperation.

Athena Aktipis is an assistant professor of psychology in the ASU Department of Psychology who studies cooperation and cheating and co-directs the Human Generosity Project. Dr. Joe Alcock is an emergency physician at the University of New Mexico Hospital who has been deployed on the New Mexico Disaster Medical Assistance team.

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Lauren Gilger, host of KJZZ's The Show, is an award-winning journalist whose work has impacted communities large and small, exposing injustices and giving a voice to the voiceless and marginalized.