Social trust and a collective effort by society will play a major role in controlling the Covid-19 pandemic.
The US government’s chaotic approach towards handling the outbreak shows the damage caused by ignoring physical distancing rules.
With double digit unemployment figures predicted for 2020 and 2021 and deficits close to the Great Depression levels, enforcing social responsibility among the general public is essential.
Jim Stanford, an economist and Director of Centre for Future Work at the Australia Institute, shared his article on the importance of social distancing rules in controlling the spread of Covid-19 disease. He compared the divergent approaches taken by Canada and the US in handling the Covid-19 pandemic.
The US has witnessed hundreds of protestors who opposed the lockdown measures implemented by the government. The government has also been accused of adopting partisan measures in providing aid and medical supplies to various states.
Canada, on the other hand, has placed its public healthcare system on the forefront and ensured distribution of resources evenly.
My @TorontoStar column on how a cohesive & trusting society can better defeat #COVID19:
* We pay taxes to support strong health care.
* We're more educated, & respect science.
* We believe our neighbours will reciprocate.
* We aim to take care of everyone.https://t.co/bJ6aIDPUV3
— Jim Stanford (@JimboStanford) April 26, 2020