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Indexing risk to recover from COVID-19

Worldwide, many countries continue to experience an extended period of COVID-19 risks. There are no off-the-shelf solutions for managing such a complex crisis, in which measures to prevent transmission will have colossal economic and social costs. Countries are forced to confront hard choices of balancing the needs to save lives and to save livelihoods. The threat imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic therefore needs a systematic approach, in which the restrictions, states of lockdown and exit strategies all balance public health, societal, and economic needs. A balanced approach will also require a seamless integration of emergency response, easing of restrictions, and the post-COVID-19 long-term reconstruction phase.  

Having leant from mega-disasters in the past, countries are adopting a range of innovative approaches such as indexing risk to transition step-by-step recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.  

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