The European Scientist Names Georgia among Most Resistant Countries to COVID-19

European Scientist, published in three languages (English, French and German), is yet another leading edition that has praised and emphasized Georgia's successful and effective fight against the new coronavirus (COVID-19). 

In the article, titled "Which countries are most resistant to the pandemic?", the author Jean-Paul Oury,  the Editor in Chief of European Scientist, notes that Georgia is one of those countries that anticipated the crisis "at the right time," and took effective measures to tackle the pandemic. 

"Some governments have been able to anticipate the crisis better than others, taking restrictive but necessary measures which have turned out to be beneficial for their country. This is the case of Georgia, for example, which limited travel as early as January 28, long before other European countries. That decision – an early and decisive action that was praised by the WHO – taken by Georgian Prime Minister Georgi Gakharia, was followed by others, such as the early cancellation of major sporting and cultural events. Georgia also closed ski resorts, restaurants and bars. All of these actions were taken when very few people were infected. Measures to cushion the economy immediately followed and an economic rescue plan was launched (tax deferrals, loans guaranteed by the government, VAT refunds…). A dedicated website was set up by the government to communicate directly with citizens in real-time. As Gabriel Wacksman for European Scientist points out, this ability of governments to anticipate the pandemic, and then act decisively, is fundamental and even more appreciable when it comes from a small country," reads the article. 

The author further notes that Georgia is among the "rare countries" with no deaths at all so far. 

"In terms of reactive hospital infrastructure, we can rely on the data provided by worldometers, which compares the efficiency of healthcare systems. At the top we find Israel with 5 deaths for 2495 cases, which is a fatality rate of 0.2%; Norway with 14 deaths for 3,191 cases, or 0.2%; Australia with 13 deaths for 2,799, or 0.5%, and the rare countries such as Georgia, with no deaths at all so far," he points out. 

"As this short guide demonstrates, the best-prepared country would be the one that ticks all of these boxes and scrupulously applies all effective measures… This analysis shows above all that everything – absolutely everything – is important: governments who know how to take the right measures at the right time, but also citizens who have appropriate customs and are willing to take responsibility in the face of the pandemic.

"Lessons to consider for the future!" the author of the article concludes. 

Author: Jean-Paul Oury

Source: The European Scientist 

Photo Source: The European Scientist 

04 April 2020 12:39