Health: What health systems are learning from the Covid-19 crisis (Bild: OECD)
The coronavirus crisis has exposed the need for our health systems to be more resilient to crises of such gravity, writes the OECD.
While it is too early to draw conclusions, three aspects deserve consideration. By Francesca Colombo.
Many economies will fall into recession, as the global lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic will affect sectors amounting to up to one third of GDP in the major economies, a new OECD update says. OECD Secretary General Angel Gurría has called for “sharper action to absorb the shock, and a more coordinated response by governments”.
By OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría: The coronavirus pandemic is causing large-scale loss of life and is a public health crisis without precedent in living memory, which is testing our collective capacity to respond. We need a level of ambition similar to that of the Marshall plan, but at a global scale.
“Social distancing” has emerged during the coronavirus pandemic as a way of keeping a healthy space between people in public places, when queuing to buy food for instance. It helps reduce contagion and delay the disease peak, so that health systems and their workers can cope with demand.
From policies to strengthen health care and the economy to lockdown and travel restrictions, countries around the world are responding to the coronavirus crisis. To keep up with the policy responses, use our new OECD Country Policy Tracker.Health care spending, health care use, hospital stays, vaccination rates, doctor consultations, and more.
Find OECD data for your country, with dynamic charts, maps, tables and related publications at data.oecd.org..
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