As world leaders have mobilized seemingly every technological and scientific resource at their disposal to address the Covid-19 pandemic, our key decision makers have arguably become better at listening to scientists and following their directives. However, the virus has also exposed many social problems: health and social inequalities, a fractured political response, mental health challenges associated with home confinement. Here, the role of science becomes a supporting one to the humanities and social sciences. Though the humanities are often popularly painted as being "nice to have" but non-essential, they offer important tools to decode complex social problems to contextualize them historically and analyze them critically and can therefore serve as an antidote to an over-reliance on or mistrust in the science.

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