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Lessons from the pandemic

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New York – Since the first news of a mysterious illness began to appear out of Wuhan, Hubei province, China — when a cluster of pneumonia cases of unknown origin were first reported in December of 2019 — the coronavirus has wreaked havoc with the economies and social fabric of most countries around the world.

The differences in its evolution throughout the world permits us to draw some lessons on how best to deal with the pandemic, and by studying failed policies, we will be able to better confront future challenges.

Wrong and right approach

The Trump administration’s pandemic policies can be best described as a tragedy of errors. From denying its existence, minimizing its seriousness, delaying the delivery of personal-protective equipment and by placing inexperienced people in charge of managing the administration’s response, the former president’s approach needlessly caused the loss of many lives.

In addition, the president’s messages were often unclear and at odds with information from the U.S. National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

While China has successfully controlled the pandemic, other countries — including the United States — still suffer its consequences. Authorities in China were able to implement, from the beginning, draconian measures to prevent the rapid spread of the virus.

From Jan. 3, 2020, to May 17, 2021, there were 104,428 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in China, with 4,858 deaths reported to the World Health Organization. A note of caution: Many experts consider this a gross underreporting by the Chinese authorities,........

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