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Lessons from the pandemic

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Since its start in Wuhan, Hubei province, in China, when a cluster of pneumonia cases of unknown origin were reported in December of 2019, the coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc with the economies and social fabric of most countries in the world. The differences in its evolution throughout the world permits us to draw some lessons on how best to deal with a new pandemic. By looking at failed policies will we be able to confront future challenges.

The wrong, and the right, approach to the pandemic

The policies by the Trump administration to the pandemic can be categorized as a “tragedy of errors”. From denying its existence, to minimizing its seriousness, to delaying the provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) to hospital workers and people at large, to trusting people without any experience in managing pandemics and disregarding experts’ advice, the former administration’s approach was responsible for the loss of tens of thousands of lives.

In addition, there were unclear messages from the president, often at odds with information from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) 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 pandemic. Some of the policies followed by China and other countries were easier to enact in authoritarian societies.

From 3 January 2020 to May 17, 2021, there were 104,428 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in China with 4,858 deaths reported to the World........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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