The coronavirus pandemic has raised an urgency for policy formation to support vulnerable individuals, firms and businesses. The pandemic has changed the way people behave and rearranged the governments’ roles. After the announcement and declaration that coronavirus was a pandemic, many governments took all the measures they could to strengthen the mechanisms of containing and avoiding more spread of the virus. Through the combined efforts of various entities, governments have been able to fight against COVID-19. The crisis still has severe effects on both the social and economic sector. So, to prevent more harm, governments have done the following;
- Coordinating preparedness and response to coronavirus
- Capacity building for professionals and medical personnel.
- Supply of testing kits, masks, PPE, and other medical supplies
- Recent rapid COVID-19 testing to develop a mitigation plan in regard to COVID-19
Governments have a big role of finding measures to contain the virus. There are things they have been doing recently that have prevented catastrophic consequences up to now. So, what has governments been doing in particular. Read on to learn more.
Dissemination of Information
Since the beginning of the pandemic, governments have been empowering the public on what coronavirus is, how it is spread, what to do to prevent infection and how to respond. So, dissemination of information has helped in creating awareness and keeping the public empowered about the particulars of the virus. Even though there has been a spread of important information, governments have shown both their positive and negative sides of their communication. There has been a release of misleading statements, contradicting evidence and more. Proper communication has been the key to eliminating various misconceptions about coronavirus on social media. Governments have used numerous channels to inform the public about COVID-19.
This pandemic has taken a toll on the economy of many countries. It has harmed businesses, especially the small ones like micro and medium-sized enterprises.so, reviving the economy has forced governments to lift the travel ban, reopen the eateries and closed hotels, and any other business that was forced to closed during the start of the pandemic. However, even with the regain of this freedom, citizens are still urged to adhere to the protocols set to prevent more spread.
Government Partnership and Community Involvement
In the process of combating the pandemic, governments have partnered with other organizations to provide the important services. Today, there is a strong partnership with the World Health Organization, World Bank, Red Cross and other organizations to support in creating awareness and supporting businesses and individuals that have been hit hard by the pandemic. There is also partnership with communication companies to inform the citizens about COVID-19 through various channels of communication.
The way people have behaved has either had a positive or negative impact on how governments have been able to fight against the virus. So, governments have been able to evaluate the rationalization of people and come up with effective programs and suitable interventions to help combat the pandemic. They have taken the above measures, among others, to ensure COVID-19 is maintained and proper caution is taken. Public awareness has also worked effectively in slowing down the spread of the virus.