Translating Lessons learnt from Past Pandemics

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What is already known

  • There are not yet formal 'Lessons learned' this early in the Pandemic

Keeping Track of the Economic Burden


  • From previous Pandemics, we learned gradually what the burden to society has been.
  • Currently, we observe reluctance of leaders to take far-reaching decisions, moving very carefully forward, guided day by day by 'how the situation evolves'.
  • Apart from the direct cost from illness and mortality that mainly affects the health sector, there is the indirect cost from "aversion" behaviour (measures taken to prevent

infection). A unique situation in developed countries.

  • Different approaches between countries - balance between protection of life and protection of the "economy". Critisism towards those that delay the implementation of measures of social distancing and at the same time critisism towards the implementation of measures that lead to a huge economic burden.

Analysis and interpretation

  • Far-reaching interventions may be necessary, but difficult to take because the costs of those decisions are more visible to the leaders than the benefits that interventions may have.
  • Creating evidence of economic costs to society of pandemics, especially in comparison of different interventions (or different time of interventions), will be very helpful in training leaders to be prepared for future challenges

Consequences for action

  • Collect materials for a case study on economic costs of the pandemic