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Economic interventions to ameliorate the impact of COVID-19 on the economy and health: an international comparison

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Title: Economic interventions to ameliorate the impact of COVID-19 on the economy and health: an international comparison
Authors: Danielli, S
Patria, R
Donnelly, P
Ashrafian, H
Darzi, A
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: Background The COVID-19 pandemic continues to challenge governments and policymakers worldwide. They have rightfully prioritised reducing the spread of the virus through social distancing interventions. However, shuttered business and widespread restrictions on travel and mobility have led to an economic collapse with increasing uncertainty of how quickly recovery will be achieved. Methods The authors carried out a review of publicly available information on the economic intervention’s countries have put in place to ameliorate the impact of COVID-19. Results The strategies and scale of economic interventions have been broad, ranging from 2.5% to a reported 50% of Gross Domestic Product. Conclusions Numerous countries are beginning to ease lockdown restrictions and restart economies in different ways. There is therefore evolving, real-world data that should be used dynamically by governments and policymakers. The strategies on restarting the economy must be balanced against the uncertainty of a possible second wave of COVID-19. A nuanced approach to easing restrictions needs to take into account not only immediate risk to life but longer-term risks of widening inequalities and falling life expectancy.
Issue Date: 1-Mar-2021
Date of Acceptance: 16-Jun-2020
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/85934
DOI: 10.1093/pubmed/fdaa104
ISSN: 1741-3842
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Start Page: 42
End Page: 46
Journal / Book Title: Journal of Public Health
Volume: 43
Issue: 1
Copyright Statement: © The Author(s) 2020. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Faculty of Public Health. All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail: journals.permissions@oup.com. This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in Journal of Public Health following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version, Danielli, S. et al., Journal of Public Health, Volume 43, Issue 1, March 2021, Pages 42–46, is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdaa104
Sponsor/Funder: National Institute of Health Research
Keywords: COVID-19
communicable diseases
economic interventions
public health
COVID-19, communicable diseases, economic interventions, public health
1117 Public Health and Health Services
Public Health
Publication Status: Published
Conference Place: https://academic.oup.com/jpubhealth/advance-article/doi/10.1093/pubmed/fdaa104/5869897?login=true
Online Publication Date: 2020-07-13
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Imperial College London COVID-19