Public Health Aspects of the Covid-19 Response and Opportunities for the Post-Pandemic Era
Keywords:Covid-19, SARS-CoV-2, pandemic preparedness, pandemic response, public health infrastructure
This article takes a public health perspective on New Zealand’s pandemic preparations, its pandemic response, and the successful outcome (as of June 2020) of its Covid-19 elimination strategy. The health outcome appears to be the best in the OECD, but some other countries made better use of certain control strategies. In the postpandemic era there are many emerging opportunities for society to be gained by embedding better plans for controlling future emerging diseases, strengthening public health infrastructure and consolidating the evident benefits of reduced pollution during the lockdown.
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