Despite the fact that 2020 was a very difficult year for everyone, it also contributed some unexpected, positive effects. According to a recent survey commissioned by 3M, it appears that public trust in science increased significantly over the last year. Since the inception of the annual 3M State of Science Index (SOSI) in 2018 to measure public attitudes towards science across the world, science skepticism has risen for three consecutive years.
In the light of COVID-19, however, the number of respondents who agree that science is very important to their everyday lives grew from 44% to 54% in 2020. 89% of all the respondents indicated that they trust in science. As an academic organization committed to science and evidence-based approaches to patient care and treatment protocols, this is extremely good news and a very reassuring trend.
This trust is also particularly important now that the world is embarking on the most comprehensive vaccination program ever. It is hoped that public trust will apply to the science and data behind the various vaccines and ensure mass uptake.
For our part, in this month’s update we feature items on the challenges in creating herd immunity by vaccination as well as updates on progress in the studies on the mRNA-1273 and ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccines. There is also a research letter of particular dental interest reporting on oral and palmoplantar manifestations of COVID-19.