Let me start with a life example. When a woman learns she is pregnant, the probable first questions she has are: when did I get pregnant, what does it mean to my life now and what about the father?
The second set of questions are: is it a girl or a boy, will it be healthy, how can I make sure we will be alright along the way?
These questions are fundamental to welcoming a baby.
With Covid-19, the first obvious question should be: what is the origin of this virus?
Finding the answer is key, as it will highly impact how we have to deal with it.
Remarkably, this question is not on the radar of most scientists or world leaders. As a matter of fact, those who did raise this question have been cut short.
Our first lessons learned here is that it needs courage to handle the question of origin of a risk. It indeed also demands finesse. You certainly do not want to look for punishment, or for a scape goat. But the answer is key to allow proper and efficient risk management.