A lesson from Slovakia
Central and Eastern Europe has far lower levels of Coronavirus contagion than western Europe, and Slovakia has Europe’s lowest COVID-19 deaths per capita, according to John Hopkins Univeristy. Bloomberg has the story from Slovakia, and the Financial Times followed-up with a report on how the region has contained the pandemic “to such an extent that the first glimpses of a post-lockdown world are visible,” here.
The public health response from the region’s governments may bode well for economic health, too, according to research published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “The idea of a ‘trade-off’ between public health and economic activity does not hold up to scrutiny,” writes MIT.