• the fact that death rates per million of populations in some of these countries remained relatively low;
• it is not the case that the poorer countries are worse off due to the pandemic;
• more developed countries would be less likely to close off borders and shock their economy;
• richer countries are bound to have cities with higher densities, people living longer and hence more elderly that are at risk, but more money to conduct swab tests;
• results can fluctuate from excellent to terrible as was noted in Singapore.
“This experience has taught me, and I’m hoping, my students, that there definitely isn’t a rule book on how to tackle the pandemic. What we can do is take certain individual measures, such as the closure of schools, and investigate those against a particular context. This will at least be of guidance for other similar situations and can help us improve on current measures”, Dr Cortis said about the initiative.
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