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Truth and trust crucial as we face into virus crisis

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'Health Minister Simon Harris has admitted officials were wrong to classify a HSE-issued letter about the case as a “fake”.' Photo: PA

'Health Minister Simon Harris has admitted officials were wrong to classify a HSE-issued letter about the case as a “fake”.' Photo: PA

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'Health Minister Simon Harris has admitted officials were wrong to classify a HSE-issued letter about the case as a “fake”.' Photo: PA

When trust is strong, communication is said to be easiest and most effective.

There should always be absolute confidence in managing government messaging but when people are anxious or uncertain, as is the case in confronting the coronavirus, it becomes a grave responsibility.

There is little we can do about external factors such as worrying forecasts for world economic growth, also prompted by the health crisis.