COVID-19 is a “wicked problem”, meaning that the problem has severe negative consequences for many groups and no straightforward “cure all” solution. It is a global disaster and has left many feeling a sense of uncertainty about their health, financial situation, and future. Uncertainty caused by crisis can lead to heightened distrust of others with different cultural or political backgrounds; it also can make people more conformist and one’s moral judgements can become harsher.
Due the COVID-19 crisis, policymakers are confronted with conflicting priorities between societal groups and they must make difficult political choices. Because of the wickedness of the problem and high societal impact, youngsters can disagree about possible solutions, which can make discussions controversial.
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