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In time, another crisis will come and go. Can we learn the best lessons from this disaster?

Oleh Ariel Heryanto
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Mural about wearing mask during pandemic covid-19 in East Jakarta, Sunday (13/6/2021).

The COVID-19 crisis needs to be understood carefully before finding the right solution – a solution that is neither overdone nor half-hearted. Restrictions on public activities or lockdowns require enormous sacrifices from all parties. This is only needed if the emergency situation demands it.

How do we know when the COVID-19 outbreak demands a lockdown? When can a lockdown be eased? The numbers of infected cases, cures or deaths alone are not enough to explain the pandemic situation. Twenty people arriving from abroad, testing positive and being immediately quarantined are no more worrying than just two positive cases due to local transmission.

Editor: dewi indriastuti
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