COVID-19 and Herd Immunity? The War between the Human and the Virus

Harvard Business Review China, April 2020

3 Pages Posted: 9 Jun 2020 Last revised: 15 Jun 2020

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Ying Zhang

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Date Written: March 18, 2020

Abstract

The current pandemic crisis of COVID-19 laid bare considerable flaws of the "modern societies" of the West. Democracies seem ill-equipped to deal with a crisis that needs quick and determined action. To opt for herd immunity as a measure to tackle COVID-19 could be translated into: "we do not know what to do, so doing nothing looks like the best option". The influence of the industrial/business complex in such a crisis will also need to be discussed and reflected carefully. In essence, this crisis could be seen as an opportunity to upgrade the current model of business and its view of a globalized order, so that business and industries may continue to be globally connected but have more roots that keep them locally sustained.

Keywords: Pandemic Crisis, Herd Immunity, Invisible war

JEL Classification: H12, N4, H50

Suggested Citation

Zhang, Ying, COVID-19 and Herd Immunity? The War between the Human and the Virus (March 18, 2020). Harvard Business Review China, April 2020 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3623093 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3623093

Ying Zhang (Contact Author)

Erasmus University Rotterdam ( email )

Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3000 DR Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland 3062PA
Netherlands

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