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COVID-19: The Lessons We Should Have Learned from Existing Literature

Michael Jefferson ()
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Michael Jefferson: ESCP Europe Business School

Biophysical Economics and Resource Quality, 2020, vol. 5, issue 3, 1-12

Abstract: Abstract The linkages between natural resources and human well-being lie at the heart of biophysical economics. Huge disruptions to human well-being which can occur as a result of the impact of particular natural resources or species are, or should be, an obvious focus of interest for the biophysical economist whose focus is on flows between the natural world and human society. The causes and consequences of such disruptions, such as emanate from pandemics and epidemics, are a clear example of this. There is a need for better understanding of these causes and consequences. As an example, twelve books on epidemics and pandemics are considered here as providing the core for what guidance they might, and should, have provided on the sources, spreaders, and responses to COVID-19. A substantial amount of guidance is given in these and other sources referenced, which if followed would have reduced spread and mortality, but in far too many countries preparedness and speed of responses were inadequate. An effective global network and funding are required, as long advocated, but still not implemented. The economic and resource costs of this failure are huge.

Keywords: COVID-19; Preparedness; Speed of responses; Ongoing awareness (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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