Report Shows That World Leaders Frantically Copied One Another in Dealing With COVID

Highlights

  • Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has derived that political leaders made decisions on issues like restrictions taking into account and blatantly copying their neighboring states
  • Most countries imitated each other with close to 80% OECD nations implementing multiple policies within a two-week period back in March
  • The researchers have also found that aside from population, the number of countries that had already declared so in the same region decided how quickly a country would go into lockdown

Researching in 36 countries, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development  (OECD) based in Sweden has found out that political leaders made decisions on issues like the closing of educational institutions and travel restrictions taking into account and blatantly copying their neighboring states.

Despite the infection rate and lethality differences of the virus, most countries imitated each other with close to 80% OECD nations implementing multiple policies within a two-week period back in March.

Researchers on COVID

The researchers have commented on this, calling it “striking” due to the given differences and disparities in the extent to which COVID has affected these nations, how their healthcare systems braced themselves, and the composition of their population.

The researchers have also found that with the aberration of population density, it was not largely the country’s exposure to COVID-19, its demographic or its healthcare system that discerned how rapidly a country would go into lockdown, but the number of countries that had already declared so in the same region.

They even went as far as to add it was “at best a partial answer” because the countries observed and surveyed were all uniformly jeopardized to the COVID-19 threat.

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