My two cents from the realm of complexity science:
From a complexity science, notably non-linear human systems dynamics (psy perspective), I can, partially, make meaning and sense of the phenomena occurring around me/us.
It seems to me that when people are exposed to uncertainty/ambiguity and fear, they prefer risks with known probabilities to risks with unknown probabilities. Ambiguous events have higher degrees of uncertainty than risky events because not only is the outcome uncertain, but also the likelihood of the realization of that outcome. In system scientific terms, we’ve ended up in a deviation amplifying positive feedback loop – from a sociological perspective, the hardest to break out.
Dr. Marc Moser, 24th November 2021