Blog #1: Why some countries were more capable than others to handle the coronavirus even though they have similar measures?

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Why some countries were more capable than others to handle the coronavirus even though they have similar measures?

First of all, as you know I come from South America and being here I can see that the results in North America were more successful than in other countries. I deem this inquiry as a very interesting issue for me because this has demonstrated that even if some countries have equal measures to cut down cases of coronavirus, they have not had the same results. In addition to this, many governments have been obsessed with imposing severe measures, but without stopping the outbreak. Besides, it is crucial to mention that this not only depends on the government, but also the people because they must take care of themselves, and be concerned about this situation since the pandemic is not a joke.

3 Replies to “Blog #1: Why some countries were more capable than others to handle the coronavirus even though they have similar measures?”

  1. Hi Daniel, the topic you are talking about has always interested me a lot, but I’ve been too lazy to do some research about it by myself. It is a really great question, enough talk about my self, here is some links that might help you with your researches:
    https://www.endcoronavirus.org/countries
    https://www.pewresearch.org/global/2020/08/27/most-approve-of-national-response-to-covid-19-in-14-advanced-economies/
    https://gh.bmj.com/content/5/12/e003047
    😀

  2. Hey Daniel, super interesting topic choice; while I pride myself on always choosing very relevant questions for my inquiry projects, you have truly chosen the most relevant! Even though we may be used to living with COVID here in BC, we must recognize that other countries haven’t fared so well, whether it be due to financial struggles, corruption, misinformation, etcetera. Here in Canada, we also have widespread access to COVID vaccines, while many other countries still don’t (this may be an important part of your research). I look forward to reading your research rounds!

    Some resources you may find useful are:

    https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/03/01/why-does-the-pandemic-seem-to-be-hitting-some-countries-harder-than-others

    https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/covid-19-why-did-global-health-governance-fail

    https://www.movehub.com/blog/best-and-worst-covid-responses/

  3. Hello Daniel,

    Your question has a lot of potential! You are right about different countries having better success in handling the pandemic. I like that you broke it down into the government’s fault and the people’s fault. That could be interesting to research in your rounds. For example, you could research what causes disbelief in the coronavirus. You could also focus in on a couple of countries (most likely ones with contrasting success in controlling the situation), explain their current conditions, and compare that to their conditions pre-covid. The past of the countries will explain parts of the current conditions of the countries for sure.

    Here are some links that might help,

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-51235105
    https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/covid-resilience-ranking/
    https://www.france24.com/en/asia-pacific/20210128-study-ranks-new-zealand-covid-19-response-best-brazil-worst-us-in-bottom-five

    Good luck!

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