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The Successes and Failures of the Initial COVID-19 Pandemic Response in Romania

Version 1 : Received: 20 April 2020 / Approved: 21 April 2020 / Online: 21 April 2020 (04:47:30 CEST)

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Dascalu S (2020) The Successes and Failures of the Initial COVID-19 Pandemic Response in Romania. Front. Public Health 8:344. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2020.00344 Dascalu S (2020) The Successes and Failures of the Initial COVID-19 Pandemic Response in Romania. Front. Public Health 8:344. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2020.00344

Journal reference: Frontiers in Public Health 2020
DOI: 10.3389/fpubh.2020.00344

Abstract

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, countries around the world varied in the strength and timeliness of their responses. In Romania, specific challenges were faced with regards to managing the spread and limiting the impact of the disease, ranging from healthcare infrastructure to demographic and sociocultural aspects. As the country has a sizeable diaspora, major difficulties were faced when large numbers of individuals from highly affected areas returned to Romania. However, the fast implementation of control measures successfully averted a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases. This delayed the overburdening of an already challenged healthcare system during the initial phases of the epidemic. Furthermore, early control was facilitated by the exploitation of communication channels that penetrated all layers of society, from ordinary citizens to governmental authorities and high-ranking religious figures. The management of the COVID-19 crisis in Romania illustrates the importance of a fast initial response which takes into account the role played by sociocultural aspects in the context of an epidemic. As the challenges faced by Romania are not unique, these results could inform future public health strategies worldwide.

Subject Areas

Romania; COVID-19; coronavirus; pandemic; epidemic; public health; healthcare; policy; diaspora; sociocultural;

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Comment 1
Received: 21 April 2020
Commenter: Olteanu Gheorghe Emilian (Click to see Publons profile: )
Commenter's Conflict of Interests: I personally know the author.
Comment: Finally a public health article about Romania and the health crisis brought on by SARS-CoV2 - COVID19. I encourage the author, to expand the study and subsequent follow-up.
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