With the COVID-19 viral disease rapidly spreading across the globe, governments are fighting battles on many fronts and asking hard questions. How many people will be infected? How many lives will be lost? When will the outbreak end? What will be the social and economic impact of this pandemic?
Governments are rallying to find solutions to limit the human, social, and economic losses—and many countries have taken action to prevent transmission by restricting travel, closing schools and businesses, and ordering millions of citizens to stay home.
But many equally difficult decisions lie ahead—and government leaders must be prepared. Here’s a short checklist of common governance mistakes—and best practices—to guide leaders as they manage the crisis.
The Ebola, MERS, and SARS outbreaks taught important lessons about managing a major epidemic, but many governments have been caught off-guard by the severity and scale of the COVID-19 crisis. As a result, some have failed to respond effectively. Based on our work in crisis management around the world, we have identified five common governance mistakes.
Several straightforward measures can make a significant difference in how effectively governments address COVID-19.
The COVID-19 pandemic is evolving hourly and governments are being forced to make harrowing decisions every day. We will continue to monitor events closely and share additional insights for government leaders as the crisis unfolds.