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Novel Coronavirus Disease: A delicate balancing act between health and the economy

Authors: Ukertor Gabriel Moti & Daniel Ter Goon, Source: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences 2020ci

Novel Coronavirus Disease A delicate balancing act between health and the economy

ABSTRACT
The emergence of the deadly novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) has resuscitated global attention on
the state of health governance and well-being of citizens. Worldwide, countries are in dire dilemma of
safeguarding the health of their citizens and equally salvaging economy, arising from the social distancing
and lockdown strategies, which affects negatively the economic activities. This paper examines the
intricate balance between health and the economy in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and the policy
options needed to assist countries to implement strategies to protect the health of their citizens and
promote economic recovery in this unprecedented global crisis situation. There is need for a coordinated
public-private sector partnership in the recovery plan of each country, taking into account their contextual
and country specific health system and economy, but not discarding the universal application thereof.
Global, regional, national geo-political and public health collaboration is needed to save the world from
COVID-19 catastrophic consequences

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