Lockdowns and low- and middle-income countries: building a feasible, effective, and ethical COVID-19 response strategy
January 20, 2021
Oghenowede Eyawo, A. M. Viens & Uchechukwu Chidiebere Ugoji
The fact that high-income countries (HICs) take extensive lockdowns during this pandemic does not necessarily mean that low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) should implement them as well. This text analyzes the fact that LMICs lack certain characteristics that would make them a viable country for this type of strategy. Infrastructure, an organized government, internet access, and even access to drinking water are not the same around the world. Therefore, this text establishes that the tactics to deal with COVID-19 should be not only well thought out, but above all individualized in the specific and real contexts of each country. The authors also appropriately propose that the efforts of LMICs should be rather vigorously redirected towards more ethically justifiable policies, reinforcement of social licenses, and of course, strategies that could successfully impact social behaviors to prevent the uncontrollable contagion of SARS-CoV- 2.
Eyawo, O., Viens, A.M. & Ugoji, U.C. Lockdowns and low- and middle-income countries: building a feasible, effective, and ethical COVID-19 response strategy. Global Health 17, 13 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12992-021-00662-y