A June 2 New York Times article on national responses to the COVID-19 pandemic quotes Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, MPA, director of ICAP at Columbia University:

Often, leaders who responded more slowly have cited the need to prioritize economic growth. But the trade-offs between the economy and public health may not actually exist, scientists and economists say: The fastest route to economic normalcy involves controlling the spread of the virus.


“There’s this false tension that exists between public health and economic health,” said Wafaa El-Sadr, an epidemiologist at Columbia University.

Read the full article on the New York Times website

Read the latest ICAP updates on COVID-19 here


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