Title Fighting the first wave [electronic resource] : why the Coronavirus was tackled so differently across the globe / Peter Baldwin .
Imprint Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2021.©2021
Author Baldwin , Peter , 1956- author.
ProQuest (Firm) issuing body.
Date 01-01-2021
Physical description 1 online resource (viii, 385 pages)
online resource
Item E-BOOK (Copy 1) EBL 1319581-1001 ONLINE
URL Full text available from ProQuest Ebook Central: https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/aph/detail.action?docID=6531577
Major subject COVID-19
Communicable disease control
Minor subject International comparisons
Overseas item
LCSH Social change.
COVID-19 Pandemic, 2020- -- Social aspects.
COVID-19 Pandemic, 2020- -- Economic aspects.
COVID-19 Pandemic, 2020- -- Health aspects.
World politics.
Communication in public health.
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 9781009006484
Abstract COVID-19 is the biggest public health and economic disaster of our time. It has posed the same threat across the globe, yet countries have responded very differently and some have clearly fared much better than others. Peter Baldwin uncovers the reasons why in this definitive account of the global politics of pandemic. He shows that how nations responded depended above all on the political tools available -- how firmly could the authorities order citizens' lives and how willingly would they be obeyed? In Asia, nations quarantined the infected and their contacts. In the Americas and Europe they shut down their economies, hoping to squelch the virus's spread. Others, above all Sweden, responded with a light touch, putting their faith in social consensus over coercion. Whether citizens would follow their leaders' requests and how soon they would tire of their demands were crucial to hopes of taming the pandemic.
Contents Cover -- Half-title page -- Series page -- Title page -- Copyright page -- Dedication -- Contents -- Introduction: One Threat, Many Responses -- Chapter 1 Science, Politics, and History: Do They Explain the Variety of Approaches to Covid-19? -- Chapter 2 New Dogs, Old Tricks: Fighting Covid-19 with Ancient Preventive Tactics -- Chapter 3 The Politics of Prevention: How State and Citizen Interacted, Battling the Virus -- Chapter 4 What Was Done?: Act One of the Pandemic -- Chapter 5 Why the Preventive Playing Field Was Not Level: Geography, Prosperity, Society -- Chapter 6 Where and Why Science Mattered: Traditional Chinese Medicine, Herd Immunity, Asymptomatic Carriers, Superspreading, and Masks -- Chapter 7 From State to Citizen: The Individualization of Public Health -- Chapter 8 Who Is Responsible for Our Health?: How Prevention Was Enforced -- Chapter 9 Difficult Decisions in Hard Times: Trade-offs between Being Safe and Being Solvent -- Conclusion: Public Health and Public Goods: The State in a Post-pandemic World -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Index.
LCN 1319581
Item ID 1319581-1001
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