Learning from COVID-19: A 23-Nation Comparative Study of COVID-19 Response, with Lessons for the Future of Public Health   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Introduction: "A central puzzle of COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] is why some nations have contained the virus almost completely while others have struggled to prevent multiple waves of community transmission. Equally puzzling is why many nations with evolved resources to combat a pandemic have fared worse than countries with fewer resources. A further paradox is why the virus has produced such different political and economic repercussions in nations with similar systems of government and demographics. In sum, confronted with the same phenomenon -- a pandemic caused by a novel virus -- we need to ask why countries have diverged so significantly. They differ in what they perceived as the most important problem to address, what resources they mobilized to tackle it, how much political buy-in they achieved, and to what extent they ultimately contained the disease and its economic fallout. [...] To explore how and why these divergences occurred and what we can learn from them, two teams, composed of 78 researchers from 47 research institutions around the world, undertook a cross-national comparison of 23 nations on six continents. Spanning a diverse range of countries, one was focused globally and another specifically on Africa. These comparative studies each draw on interdisciplinary expertise in the social sciences, law, clinical medicine, public health, and Science & Technology Studies (STS)."

Harvard University; Cornell University; Columbia University; University of Johannesburg
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Columbia University, Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy: http://iserp.columbia.edu/
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