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非洲勇媽飛9千英哩來台!只為捐一腎 跨半個地球救回洗腎兒

2021-04-22

匯流新聞網記者陳鈞凱/台北報導 母愛橫跨半個地球救子!西非甘比亞一名59歲的母親,在疫情封鎖全球國境之下,不畏感染新冠肺炎的風險,足足飛行了9000英哩長途來台,捐出左腎,救回在台工作的40歲兒子,執行手術的林口長庚腎臟移植團隊今(22)日為手術成功的母子倆「慶生」,因為兩人術後穩定出院,即將於明天返回甘比亞。 原來來自西非甘比亞的傑先生(Mr.Jarjusey),8年前隻身來台灣唸書,畢業後便一直留在台灣工作,3年前意外發現血尿就醫,檢查確診是「雙側多囊腎合併蛋白尿」,且已進展到慢性腎病變第五期,儘管定期追蹤,腎功能仍持續退化,去年開始不得不接受血液透析(洗腎)。 林口長庚一般泌尿及腎臟移植科主任王敘涵表示,由於傑先生想繼續工作及保持較好的生活品質,至林口長庚腎臟移植門診進行評估,在了解國內法規及台灣移植水準後,與在非洲的家人商量,決定接受親屬活體腎臟移植,由傑媽捐出一顆腎臟。 林口長庚腎臟科醫師郭彥志說,傑媽此趟來台就醫不容易,必須透過申請「特殊或緊急專案入台簽證」才能入境,且對於僅會說甘比亞當地母語「曼丁卡語(Mandi’nka kango)」的傑媽媽來說更是相當大的挑戰,所幸2021年2月順利抵台,並在隔離及自主健康管理期滿後,捐出左腎救子,歷經5小時手術後,母子恢復順利,傑媽術後第2天即恢復進食及活動,右腎功能也正常,術後第5天出院,還抽空到墾丁體驗了台灣的美景及風土民情。 台灣一向是腎病王國,洗腎人口眾多,但王敘涵感嘆,全台灣大愛捐贈者卻很有限,目前全台登記等待腎臟移植的病人多達8000多人,但過去5年來,每年幸運移植腎臟者僅350人,其中活體腎臟移植約150人。以今年為例,迄今等到腎臟者,更只有61人,王敘涵期盼在五等親、配偶都可以捐腎的現況下,能有更多活體捐贈者出現,因為摘除或移植的時間越短,效果越好。 王敘涵說,台灣的腎臟移植手術數量在國際間雖不是頂尖,但存活率卻是表現傑出,像林口長庚醫院近5年來,平均每年進行47例腎臟移植手術,占全國腎移植數量的8分之1,且腎臟移植後病患存活率為:一年95.5%、三年93.8%、五年92.4%;比國外的6到7成好,背後得歸功於健保下的就醫普及與就醫方便性。 衛福部國際醫療管理工作小組執行長吳明彥表示,在疫情下,台灣仍對國際醫療病人敞開大門,從去年8月1日迄今,相關申請來台醫療案件有762件,已審核通過449件,目前有307人來台完成治療,分布在全台31家醫院以及8家診所,從癌症、移植到整形外科手術都有。 林口長庚副院長馮思中強調,台灣在疫情期間仍然發揮「Taiwan Can Help」精神,以林口長庚為例,已經陸續診治來自全世界共50位病人,從美國、阿根廷 到鄰近的東南亞都有,以移植手術、癌症治療為主;長庚也透過視訊的方式來提供國際醫療服務,疫情下視訊醫療量就大增80%。 照片來源:CNEWS資料照/記者陳鈞凱攝、長庚醫院提供

非洲勇媽飛9千英哩來台!只為捐一腎 跨半個地球救回洗腎兒

外國女記者在台剖腹產 讚醫療服務超強:真的救了我們

2021-04-19

庫貝洛近日接受YouTube頻道「不要鬧工作室」訪問,分享自己在台生子的經驗,她表示,她的丈夫在台灣的航空公司擔任機師,丈夫搬到台灣居住1年後,發現台灣是個能照顧家庭的好國家,且她的工作能透過線上作業完成,於是她也決定帶著兒子來台定居。 庫貝洛指出,她的第一胎是在哥國的醫院進行剖腹產生下的,當時以為那是最棒的生產經驗了,後來在台灣體驗第二次剖腹生產,才發現台灣醫療比哥國「好太多了!」當年在哥國生產後隔天,醫院就要她回家,而在台灣則有5天能好好休養,孩子與丈夫也都能就近陪伴在旁。 庫貝洛坦言,台灣的醫院會幫忙照顧寶寶讓她專心休息,且院方也包下各種檢查和文件的處理工作,減輕了外國媽媽的壓力,且整體費用也比哥國便宜,讓她忍不住直呼「這個超強的醫療服務真的救了我們!」如今她們一家四口已經在台灣生活了2年,至今都感到很快樂。 影片來源:https://youtu.be/BcjYFXg9hjU 報導來源:https://news.tvbs.com.tw/life/1495014?utm_source=linetoday&utm_medium=line

外國女記者在台剖腹產 讚醫療服務超強:真的救了我們

即刻救援越南女主播子換肝聲名播 北榮再度搶救越南嬰換肝成功

2021-03-24

武漢肺炎肆虐全球,台北榮總於去年7月曾經即刻救援,成功搶救越南國家電視台女主播梨雲臺妝的女兒、僅9個月大的鄧小妹完成換肝手術;台北榮總今(3/23)表示,台越即刻救援再添一樁,一名10個月大因膽道閉鎖急需換肝的陳小弟(BunBun),也在台北榮總人道救援安排下,於今年1月來台,歷經12.5小時的手術,完成移植母親的部分肝臟,再度搶救成功。 去年7月20日COVID-19疫情嚴竣國境封鎖期間,台北榮總成功協助越南女主播攜女來台捐肝救女;台北榮總今(3/23)表示,一名來自越南10個月大的男嬰BunBun,因膽道閉鎖急需換肝,也透過台北榮總與國內政府單位,以人道救援專案特許入境,於今年1月成功完成肝臟移植。 陳小弟的母親出院,至1月29日(21天)隔離期滿,終於可以進入加護病房看到分離長達3週的愛子。北榮提供(圖片來源 : 蘋果新聞網) 台北榮總移植外科主任劉君恕所領導的肝臟移植團隊表示,在越南兒童醫院10個月大的陳小弟,出生後確診罹患膽道閉鎖,2個月大時接受葛西氏手術,嘗試讓膽汁能排入腸道,但手術失敗,急需換肝。因為疫情,陳小弟的父母等待台北榮總肝臟移植團隊赴越期望落空,但得知越南主播之女來台肝臟移植後恢復良好,加上在越南兒童醫院的主治醫師也建議來台治療,陳小弟的母親即寫信向劉君恕主任求助,並積極籌措龐大的醫療費用。 台北榮總之後也同意替劉小弟動手術,在術前提供線上諮詢及來台前各項醫療檢查準備,並由衛福部、台灣駐越南辦事處等單位積極協助下,在當時國內出現一例COVID-19英國變種病毒案例的情況下,仍於去年12月30日准劉小弟來台,衛福部考量病況危急,仍特許於1月8日來台就醫,並可視病情需要進行緊急手術,不受14+7日居家隔離的限制。 陳小弟於今年1月7日抵台,1月16日,陳小弟抵台後第9日,因病況不佳得緊急進行肝臟移植手術,雖母子二檢PCR皆為陰性,但醫療團隊考量入境僅9天,仍採取最高規格防護,在獨立空調房間施行手術,且所有人員均穿著全套防護衣,由母親捐出左側葉肝臟19%,摘取手術時間約5.5小時,為反覆確認肝臟門靜脈狀況,植入手術時間長達12.5小時,手術十分順利成功。 1月27日,陳小弟的母親出院,至1月29日(21天)隔離期滿,終於可以進入加護病房看到分離長達3週的愛子,陳小弟的父親也在隔離21日後首次見到妻兒。李小弟在母親輕聲呼喚下微笑以對,護理人員表示陳小弟個性很好,不太會吵鬧愛笑愛玩,但是看到媽媽仍會撒嬌式的哭鬧,場面十分温馨感人。 2月10日小年夜,劉君恕主任特別到病房發紅包給予陳小弟一家人新年祝福,2月14日術後4週,陳小弟順利出院,預計於近期返回越南,為我國肝臟移植史上及醫療新南向成功再添一頁佳績。 陳小弟的父母親表示,雖然對於愛子小小年紀即需承受這麼大的手術十分心疼擔心,但對劉君恕的領導專業團隊十分信任,非常有信心,在無法見到孩子期間,劉主任貼心的每天更新照片告知狀況,大大減少他們的緊張和焦慮,看著越來越強大的孩子,他們已忘記所有苦難和痛苦,再次感謝台北榮總肝臟移植團隊的努力,讓陳小弟重獲新生。 劉君恕表示,台北榮總從2007年就開始協助越南河內兒童國家醫院進行肝臟移植手術教學,包含疫情期間來台完成的2例肝臟移植個案,已累計12名成功案例。劉君恕表示,BunBun小弟的醫療費需300多萬,都由家中自行貸款籌資,價格十分昂貴,越南河內醫院收治非常多肝臟問題的小朋友,若要來台治療也不是所有家庭都有辦法負擔,希望將來國內除考慮開放旅遊泡泡外,也能考慮人道救援的醫療泡泡,讓國內的醫療團隊能到當地治療,搶救更多小生命。 資料來源:https://tw.appledaily.com/life/20210323/QHFOXNZO7ZBQ7FGII7OHN6RQPI/ ( 黃仲丘/台北報導) figure class="flex flex--align-items-center" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: flex; margin-block: 0px; margin-inline: 0px; align-items: center; min-height: 428px;"> /figure>

即刻救援越南女主播子換肝聲名播 北榮再度搶救越南嬰換肝成功

關島患者搭包機來台就醫 感謝開啟美麗人生

2021-02-17

搭乘關島人道包機來台就醫的一名關島女性患者(中),由中國醫藥大學附設醫院收治並贊助醫療費用,在完成胃繞道手術後體重減掉20公斤,預計9日出院。(院方提供) (中央社記者郝雪卿台中3日電)關島人道包機於1月成行,其中一名女性患者由中國醫藥大學附設醫院收治並贊助醫療費用,院方今天表示,患者經施予胃繞道手術後,原本251公斤的體重已下降20公斤。 中國附醫與外交部共同促成關島人道醫療包機於1月11日順利抵台。其中一名由中國附醫收治的關島女性患者,到院完成隔離檢疫後,配合內科治療與接受國際代謝形體醫學中心院長黃致錕的胃繞道手術後,已成功減重20公斤,預計於9日出院。 外交部北美司長徐佑典也應邀到院探訪病人,並感謝醫院贊助醫療費用2萬美元,以實際行動落實草根外交;這名關島女患者術後感謝台灣政府及中國附醫,「幫助我開啟另一個美麗人生」。 中國附醫院長周德陽表示,這次關島人道醫療包機成行真是彌足珍貴,院方啟動高規格防疫檢查措施,患者入境後搭乘防疫專車到院,入院後直接入住負壓隔離病房,前、後兩次PCR(聚合酶連鎖反應)檢測陰性,嚴格執行各項防護、清潔、消毒工作,在嚴謹防疫下達到醫療救援的目標。 黃致錕表示,在隔離期間,使用肥胖賀爾蒙治療同時輔以營養師為患者所設計的低卡高蛋白餐的方式,降低手術時的危險因子,再進行胃繞道手術。在隔離的14 天裡,內科減重成果比預期中順利,已經成功減去20公斤,預計在術後一年,將可減去一半的體重。 徐佑典指出,感謝中國醫藥大學附設醫院在這次關島人道醫療包機案中居中協調,順利促成包機,更贊助關島病患部分醫療費用,以實際行動發揮草根外交效益,使台灣高品質醫療在關島備受矚目。 下週將出院返回關島的患者表示,謝謝大家為她做的這一切,醫院贊助她大筆醫療費,關島台灣商會會長贊助她和母親的飛機票費用;在這裡她受到家人般的照護,「我愛台灣,我愛中國附醫」。 轉貼報導:https://www.cna.com.tw/news/ahel/202102030151.aspx

關島患者搭包機來台就醫 感謝開啟美麗人生

Covid-19 pandemic causes a global democracy slump

2021-02-04

Government-imposed lockdowns and other disease-control measures led to the withdrawal of civil liberties on a massive scale, causing score downgrades across the vast majority of countries. Every region of the world experienced a democratic rollback, but the removal of individual liberties in developed democracies was the most remarkable feature of 2020. The Middle East and North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa both had a terrible year as autocratic leaders used the cover of the pandemic to crack down on opposition. Asia gained three “full democracies” (Japan, South Korea and Taiwan), while Europe lost two (France and Portugal). The US remains a “flawed democracy”, polarised not only on policy issues but on core values, and the social cohesion needed to support a “full democracy” has collapsed. In Eastern Europe and Latin America, the pandemic compounded existing democratic flaws, including weak checks and balances, persistent corruption, a proclivity in some places for strong leaders, and pressures on media freedom. In the 2020 edition of The Economist Intelligence Unit’s annual Democracy Index, which provides a snapshot of the state of democracy worldwide, the average global score fell from 5.44 (on a scale of 0-10) to 5.37. This is the worst score since the index was first produced in 2006. A large majority of countries—116 of a total of 167 (almost 70%)—recorded a decline in their total score compared with 2019. Only 38 (22.6%) recorded an improvement, and the other 13 stagnated. According to our measure of democracy, only about half (49.4%) of the world’s population live in a democracy of some sort, and far fewer (8.4%) reside in a “full democracy”; this level is up from 5.7% in 2019, as several Asian countries have been upgraded. More than one-third of the world’s population live under authoritarian rule, a large share of whom live in China. Of the 167 countries and territories covered by the model, 75 are considered to be democracies. The number of “full democracies” increased to 23 in 2020, up from 22 in 2019. The number of “flawed democracies” fell by two, to 52. Of the remaining 92 countries in our index, 57 are “authoritarian regimes”, up from 54 in 2019, and 35 are classified as “hybrid regimes”, down from 37 in 2019. There were some impressive improvements (Taiwan) and some dramatic declines (Mali). There were 11 changes of regime category, seven negative and four positive. Three countries (Japan, South Korea and Taiwan) moved from the “flawed democracy” category to be classified as “full democracies”, and one country, Albania, was upgraded to a “flawed democracy” from a “hybrid regime”. France and Portugal experienced a reversal, losing the “full democracy” status that they had regained in 2019, re-joining the ranks of “flawed democracies”. El Salvador and Hong Kong were relegated from the “flawed democracy” classification to that of “hybrid regime”. Further down the ranking, Algeria, Burkina Faso and Mali lost their status as “hybrid regimes” and are now designated as “authoritarian regimes”. The deterioration in the global score in 2020 was driven by declines in the average regional score in every region, but especially by large falls in the “authoritarian regime”-dominated regions of Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East and North Africa. The scores for these two regions declined by 0.10 and 0.09 respectively between 2019 and 2020. Western Europe and Eastern Europe both recorded a fall of 0.06 in their average regional scores. The score for Asia and Australasia, the region which has made most democratic progress during the lifetime of the Democracy Index, fell by 0.05. Latin America’s average score declined by 0.04 in 2020, marking the fifth consecutive year of regression for the region. The average score for North America fell by only 0.01, but a bigger decline of 0.04 in the US score was masked by an improvement in Canada’s score. In 2020 the measures taken by governments to address the public health emergency caused by the coronavirus pandemic entailed the suspension of the civil liberties of entire populations for prolonged periods. The willing surrender of fundamental freedoms by millions of people was perhaps one of the most remarkable occurrences in an extraordinary year—most people accepted their governments’ decisions to take away their rights and freedoms. But we should not conclude from the high level of public compliance with lockdown measures that people do not value freedom. Most people simply concluded, on the basis of the evidence about a new deadly disease to which humans had no natural immunity, that preventing a catastrophic loss of life justified a temporary loss of freedom. That people reluctantly accepted social distancing and lockdowns as the best means of combating the coronavirus does not mean that governments should not be criticised for their democratic failings. The pandemic turned a spotlight on the nature of governance in 21st-century democracies and, in particular, on the relationship between governments and the people, exposing democratic deficits that have existed for a long time. Download the full report “Democracy Index 2020” to find out more. https://www.eiu.com/n/covid-19-pandemic-causes-a-global-democracy-slump/

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健康益友APP持續在疫情期間關心海外僑胞健康

2021-01-07

健康益友APP持續在疫情期間關心海外僑胞健康 全球新冠肺炎(COVID-19)疫情未艾,為關懷海外僑胞健康,推介臺灣優質醫療科技實力,僑委會特結合衛福部及臺灣急診醫學會,透過衛福部「健康益友」APP,提供線上醫師視訊健康諮詢,全天24小時零時差服務全球僑胞,將持續於本(2021)年6月30日前提供免費下載使用。 臺灣擁有令全球羨慕之醫療可近性與醫療品質,許多旅居海外之僑民或留學生,囿於當地生活水平、醫療制度或醫療水準,或因疫情影響,就醫困難。為了照顧海外僑胞,回應海外僑胞之廣大需求。僑委會與衛福部攜手臺灣急診醫學會邀集長庚醫院(林口、高雄)、奇美醫院、臺中中國醫藥大學附設醫院,利用網路科技建構「健康益友」APP,透過建立遠距醫療平臺,將臺灣的優質醫療服務,傳遞到世界各角落。此項措施,證明臺灣不只能穩定國內疫情,同時還能提供海外僑民實質之醫療協助,這將是臺灣傑出防疫的又一個亮點。 「健康益友」APP自2020年10月1日推出後,受到僑胞高度肯定,原規劃免費使用至2020年12月31日止,考量全球疫情仍然嚴峻,順應僑胞需求,本方案已延長至本年6月30日前提供免費使用,僑胞如有健康諮詢需求者,歡迎下載使用。 相關資訊已置於僑委會僑臺商專區(https://business.taiwan-world.net),歡迎海外僑臺商朋友下載運用並踴躍分享。

健康益友APP持續在疫情期間關心海外僑胞健康

Antai Hospital Defense COVID-19 in South Taiwan

2020-12-23

Antai Hospital is the only hospital with severe emergency responsibility in Pingtung District, located in southern Taiwan. In addition to facing the endless stream of visits to villagers and the threat of the new coronavirus, it also had to maintain the safety of its frontline medical staff. In order to implement the classification and diversion, Antai Hospital opened an independent inspection room and opened a pandemic prevention clinic in March. The Fever Respiratory Special Outpatient Clinic allowed patients with respiratory symptoms to be treated in isolation instead in the shared space of the outpatient and emergency departments. Anyone who has respiratory symptoms such as a cold, flu-like or fever and cough but has no history of travel will go to the outpatient clinic instead of going to the hospital. In addition to effectively blocking possible sources of infection, the special clinic also eased the pressure of emergency room visits, making pandemic prevention more effective. The special clinic is set up in a separate space independent of the main medical building. The special clinic helped prevent the occurrence of nosocomial infections. The doctors in the whole hospital take turns in managing the clinic, preventing staff burnout and reducing the threat of infection. Website: http://www.tsmh.org.tw/sites/index.html

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U Care, We Care: development of a smart all-in-one telecare system to reduce staff workload and risk

2020-12-23

Cheng Hsin General Hospital is a teaching hospital with leading cardiovascular care in Asia. A COVID-19 Preparedness & Control Committee was established as early as December 2019, with a complete package of measures including the adequate supply of PPE. Early on, the hospital decided to install a telecare system for isolation wards. However, it lacked a clinically applicable tele-thermometer. With strong leadership support and multi-department collaborations, the hospital worked with the supplier of the newest device to overcome its technical gaps. A 24-hour auto-monitoring and auto-alarming comprehensive telecare system was finally developed by April, one of the earliest in Taiwan, which reduced manual measurements and saved at least 360 minutes a day for each frontline staff. This telecare system improves the accuracy of clinical monitoring and supports clinical decisions. Measurements on body temperature, blood oxygen, BP and heart rates were immediately and accurately stored, transmitted and analyzed. When the patient has a fever, the in-built bluetooth alarm goes off automatically and alerts the medical staff. The continuous monitoring of vital signs helps detect deterioration earlier than intermittent manual measurements. The system also reduces staff burden and decreases the number of PPEs used, making it a more environmentally-friendly treatment option. Website: https://ihs.chgh.org.tw/About.aspx?LanguageID=ZW4%3D

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跨國即刻救援! 北榮助越南電視台美女主播9月大幼女換肝

2020-09-19

出版時間:2020/09/14 17:30 蘋果新聞網 武漢肺炎疫情肆虐,台北榮總依然沒有放棄對國際的人道救援;越南國家電視台女主播LÊ VÂN ĐÀI TRANG梨雲臺妝的女兒,年僅9個月大的鄧小妹,因罹患膽道閉鎖導致肝衰竭,生命垂危急需換肝,台北榮總隨即展開即刻救援,順利協助向衛福部取得醫療簽證,順利讓女童7月20日接受母親的肝臟活體移植手術,成功於疫情期間跨國搶救愛女生命。梨雲臺妝表示,最初知道來台得負擔10~12萬美金的龐大醫療費用,所幸有越南朋友與台灣朋友的支持,幫助她度過難關。 台北榮總自2007年起,持續到越南河內兒童國家醫院進行肝臟移植手術教學,在當地已完成11例兒童活體肝臟移植,並於去年4月幫一名8個月大6公斤的新生兒完成活體肝臟移植,意外破了越南年齡最小、體重最輕的新生兒肝臟移植者記錄。 北榮跨國救援替越南女主播9月大小女兒換肝 方萬民攝 台北榮總外科部移植外科主任劉君恕表示,越南國家電視台主播LÊ VÂN ĐÀI TRANG梨雲臺妝的女兒ĐẶNG LAM DIỆP鄧藍葉,於今年年初,出生約2個多月大時,被診斷有膽道閉鎖,膽汁會累積在肝臟,造成肝纖維化、肝硬化甚至是肝衰竭,原本若在3個月內安排「葛西氏手術」,讓膽汁能排入腸道,即可避免肝功能的持續惡化。 但梨雲臺妝並沒有放棄,她除了自行募款6~7萬美金,也於越南發起募款,籌措醫藥費,並完成了需要到越南前的相關檢查,母女倆在來台前三天也完成了covid-19檢查,確定為陰性才抵達台灣。 台北榮總副院長陳威明表示,為因應武漢肺炎疫情,北榮早於5月底不惜成本,設置了一間負壓手術室,提供有緊急手術需求的新冠肺炎確診者、疑似感染者使用;劉君恕表示,由於活體肝臟移植手術需要10小時,原本預計鄧小妹抵台後完成14天檢疫後,在到一般手術室替她做手術,但小妹到院時狀況已不能再等,臉變黑、僅6.5公斤的她卻抽出1公斤多的腹水。因此所有包括醫護、麻醉師等團隊,都全身著面罩、戴N95口罩,在極不舒適的情況下於負壓手術室幫鄧小妹搶救性命。 梨雲臺妝成功於7月26日,歷經13小時,將左側葉肝臟20%捐給9個月大,體重約6.5公斤的鄧小妹,9月4日鄧小妹也順利出院,目前在台灣靜養準備回國。 梨雲臺妝表示,最初知道來台得負擔10~12萬美金的龐大醫療費用,所幸有越南朋友與台灣朋友的支持,在北榮讓她感受到像家人般的照顧,女兒的膚色也越來越接近剛出生時的粉嫩,不再暗沉。(黃仲丘/台北報導) 資料來源:https://tw.appledaily.com/life/20200914/OL5HVLN27JDKJIVFD3VBOR4NHE/

跨國即刻救援! 北榮助越南電視台美女主播9月大幼女換肝

Which countries have protected both health and the economy in the pandemic?

2020-09-17

Responses to the pandemic have often been framed in terms of striking a balance between protecting people’s health and protecting the economy. There is an assumption that countries face a trade-off between these two objectives. But is this assumption true? A preliminary way of answering this question is to look at how the health and economic impacts of the pandemic compare in different countries so far. Have countries with lower death rates seen larger downturns? Comparing the COVID-19 death rate with the latest GDP data, we in fact see the opposite: countries that have managed to protect their population’s health in the pandemic have generally also protected their economy too. The scale of the economic downturn This chart shows the scale of the recent economic decline across 38 countries for which the latest GDP data is available.1 It plots the percentage fall in GDP seen in the second quarter (April – June) of 2020 as compared to the same period last year, adjusted for inflation. We see that in some countries the economic downturn has indeed been extremely severe: in Spain, the UK and Tunisia, the output of the economy in the second quarter was more than 20% smaller than in the same period last year. This is 4 to 5 times larger than any other quarterly fall on record for these countries.2 And in Peru the year on year fall was even larger, at 30%. In other countries, however, the economic impact has been much more modest. In Taiwan, GDP in the second quarter of 2020 was less than 1% lower than in the same period in 2019. Finland, Lithuania and South Korea all saw falls in their GDP of around 5% or less. No sign of a health-economy trade-off, quite the opposite Have the countries experiencing the largest economic decline performed better in protecting the nation’s health, as we would expect if there was a trade-off? The chart here shows the same GDP data along the horizontal axis. Along the vertical axis is the cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths per million people. Contrary to the idea of a trade-off, we see that countries which suffered the most severe economic downturns – like Peru, Spain and the UK – are generally among the countries with the highest COVID-19 death rate. And the reverse is also true: countries where the economic impact has been modest – like Taiwan, South Korea, and Lithuania – have also managed to keep the death rate low. Notice too that countries with similar falls in GDP have witnessed very different death rates. For instance, compare the US and Sweden with Denmark and Poland. All four countries saw economic contractions of around 8 to 9 percent, but the death rates are markedly different: the US and Sweden have recorded 5 to 10 times more deaths per million. Clearly, many factors have affected the COVID-19 death rate and the shock to the economy beyond the policy decisions made by each government about how to control the spread of the virus. And the full impacts of the pandemic are yet to be seen. But among countries with available GDP data, we do not see any evidence of a trade-off between protecting people’s health and protecting the economy. Rather the relationship we see between the health and economic impacts of the pandemic goes in the opposite direction. As well as saving lives, countries controlling the outbreak effectively may have adopted the best economic strategy too. Endnotes The GDP data shown is primarily taken from Eurostat’s flash estimates for second quarter GDP. To this was added additional data points from OECD Quarterly National Accounts data and from national statistical agencies for Taiwan, Nigeria, Singapore, Colombia, Philippines, Malaysia, Tunisia and Peru. In total this resulted in GDP data for 39 countries, the majority European. Data for China is not shown given the earlier timing of its economic downturn. The country saw positive growth of 3.2% in Q2 preceded by a fall of 6.8% in Q1. The OECD quarterly GDP data dates back to the 1950s and early 1960s for these three countries and can be viewed in the OECD’s interactive visualization here. Reuse our work freely You can use all of what you find here for your own research or writing. We license all charts under Creative Commons BY. All of our charts can be embedded in any site.

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