Scholars' Blog: A world apart - a glimpse at low-income countries in the Covid-19 pandemic

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Scholars' Blog: A world apart - a glimpse at low-income countries in the Covid-19 pandemic

During the pandemic period, we face a series of unprecedented problems and challenges. 

For those who can afford the cost of lockdowns and are able to live through the worrying circumstances, weakened mental health and the inefficiency of work appear to be our main concerns. 

However, if we look at what has happened in low-income countries, and examine how their people live under this pandemic, we might deepen our understanding of the world.

In low-income countries, lockdown is impractical in order for people to survive the pandemic. These countries do not have united organisations or systems to instruct people during this uncertain period. Hence, safety is a big concern. Global financial support for low-income countries is up to $1.14 trillion. In addition, maintaining food supply and education has put plenty of pressure on governments. 

Many of these countries are taking considerations on a new strategy: “smart containment”.

The project contains three stages. First, preventing the spreading or the virus includes keeping distancesconstraining the mobility of vulnerable people, and providing them with subsidies; the second phase will be stopping current economic activities, supplying money and food to the community; the last phase is for recovering, and with previous policies, it also includes helping the unemployed finding a job.

The project needs massive investment and the collaboration of governments in communities. However, it is more efficient for low-income countries. Compared with full lockdown, this could save many lives! 

Jiayi 

Pre-IBDP Economics

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