Israelis at Risk of Coronavirus Should Pledge to Stay in Quarantine, Says Dan Ariely
The bestselling author and behavioral economist told Calcalist that travelers returning from Southeast Asia should be made to sign a declaration of intent at Ben Gurion Airport to keep the quarantine rules
Udi Etsion | 17:04 23.02.2020
Israelis at risk of contracting coronavirus should be made to pledge to stay in quarantine, according to bestselling author, behavioral economist, and entrepreneur Dan Ariely. As the virus continues to spread and fear of widespread infection mounts, the Israeli Ministry of Health and the country’s healthcare system face a unique problem: many Israelis recently returned from coronavirus-infected countries do not adhere to the 14-day self-quarantine period mandated by local authorities. "In our experiments, we found that one of the most effective ways to induce ethical behavior in people is to remind them of what is expected of them, just before they have to make a decision,” Ariely told Calcalist in a recent interview. “We often know what we should do, but we don’t constantly think about it or take all the small details into consideration,” he said. “This is why a statement of intent, a detailed document outlining the suggested behavior, helps us all behave the way we would like to behave for our own benefit and for the benefit of society as a whole."