Covid-19 pandemic: the curse of the black swan

The full ramifications of the Covid-19 pandemic could not have been foreseen

24 May 2020 - 00:00 By Eddy Maloka

In her brilliant article Don’t blame the black swan for this pandemic ( 17), Sue de Groot argues that Covid-19 is not a black swan phenomenon because Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the celebrated author who popularised this concept through his seminal book The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, says it’s not.

To reinforce her argument further, she cites examples of how pandemics have been a factor in human history, and notes that personalities such as Bill Gates have long been warning us about the likely occurrence of a Covid-like disease...

This article is reserved for Sunday Times subscribers.

A subscription gives you full digital access to all Sunday Times content.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.

Registered on the BusinessLIVE, Business Day or Financial Mail websites? Sign in with the same details.

Questions or problems? Email or call 0860 52 52 00.