Coronavirus, Italy among the worst countries in the world for the management of the epidemic according to The Economist

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Despite theItaly was the first western country to adopt the lockdown to face the emergency coronavirus, the data on infections and deaths from us have been dramatic. Precisely for this, and for other factors, the British weekly The Economist he rated ours as one of the worst, among 21 OECD countries, regarding emergency management.Read also> Coronavirus, new outbreak in Germany: 400 positive workers in a slaughterhouse

In the ranking compiled by The Economist, theItaly it turns out to be one of the worst OECD countries in facing the emergency: we are in good company, together with Spain and the United Kingdom, while worse than us, according to The Economist, only Belgium did. There are, however, distinctions to be taken into account, as the prestigious British weekly explains.

To calculate the ranking score, The Economist was based on the measures put in place to deal with the emergency: ability to timely identify the positives, monitor and isolate them, manage hospitalizations both specific against the coronavirus, and for other pathologies . In fact, despite the prompt decision of the lockdown, Italy has not distinguished itself for these actions, with many people forced to stay at home with the symptoms and subjected to a buffer only weeks later. The score ofItaly it is equal to 2.22, the same as Spain and the United Kingdom: worse than us only Belgium (2.11), which in counting the deaths has always included also the suspected deaths of coronavirus and not only the ascertained ones. The Economist also recognizes a small mitigating factor to Italy and Spain, which were the first western and European countries to be hit dramatically by the emergency. No discounts to the United Kingdom, which has thwarted the days of advantage over the spread of the virus with a long series of conflicting decisions (from flock immunity to lockdown, passing through the hospitalization of Prime Minister Boris Johnson).

The main mitigating factors considered for a qualitative analysis of the emergency response are three: the average age of the population, the incidence of obsessiveness and the number of international arrivals in the various countries. According to the ranking, the country that has ever reacted better to the coronavirus emergency is New Zealand (3.67 the final score), which ranks ahead of Austria and Germany (3.56) and Iceland, Norway, Denmark and Israel (3.44). In the ranking, among the more and less virtuous countries, Portugal, France, Chile and the United States are at the center, clearly ahead of Japan, Holland, South Korea, Sweden and Switzerland. A ‘ranking’ that is surprising, since it stands in marked contrast to what has been assessed so far by the international health authorities.

In the final analysis, The Economist explained: «The data, country by country, have shown that lockdown is important to stop the infection, but alone is not enough. The countries that have best coped with the emergency are those that have been able to find the positive ones house by house, isolating them and hospitalizing them in time ».
The Economist ranking was also and above all based on the number of deaths in relation to the total positives, which, however, were also analyzed in a qualitative manner. In several countries, such as Italy, a determining factor for mortality was the average age, rather advanced, while in the United States a very common risk factor in the population was obesity. The qualitative analysis has shown that many countries considered poorer have reacted better to the emergency than the richer and more developed countries: in particular the comparison between Chile and the United Kingdom is mentioned.


Last updated: Wednesday 17 June 2020, 23:24

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