The First Wave of COVID-19 Pandemic: Experiences from Bangladesh

40 Pages Posted: 28 Dec 2020

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Tahani Tabassum

BRAC University

Maisha Farzana

BRAC University

Md. Asad Ullah

Jahangirnagar University

Yusha Araf

Shahjalal University of Science and Technology

Md. Nazmul Islam Prottoy

Jahangirnagar University

Mohammad Jakir Hosen

Shahjalal University of Science and Technology

Date Written: December 25, 2020

Abstract

The ongoing pandemic COVID-19 is caused by Severe Acute Respiratory Coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2), has wreaked havoc globally by affecting millions of lives. Although different countries found the implementation of emergency measures useful to combat the viral pandemic (first wave), many countries are now experiencing the resurgence of COVID-19 even after following strict containment guidelines (second wave). Country-specific lessons learned from the first wave of infection appeared to be useful in the successful battle of possible second wave outbreak. In this article, we examined the situation in Bangladesh during the first wave COVID-19 outbreak and discussed the demographic, political, economic, social and environmental influences on the mitigation strategies employed by the country to combat the pandemic. We also tried to explore the preparedness and precautionary measures taken by responsible authorities, choice of strategies implemented and effectiveness of response from government and relevant agencies. Finally, we discussed the possible strategies that might help Bangladesh survive a second wave outbreak based on the experiences from the first wave of the ongoing pandemic.

Keywords: Bangladesh, COVID-19, Pandemic, First wave, Second wave, Outbreak

Suggested Citation

Tabassum, Tahani and Farzana, Maisha and Ullah, Md. Asad and Araf, Yusha and Prottoy, Md. Nazmul Islam and Hosen, Mohammad Jakir, The First Wave of COVID-19 Pandemic: Experiences from Bangladesh (December 25, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3755159 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3755159

Tahani Tabassum

BRAC University ( email )

66 Mohakhali C/A
Dhaka 1212 Bangladesh
Dhaka, 1212
Bangladesh

Maisha Farzana

BRAC University ( email )

66 Mohakhali C/A
Dhaka 1212 Bangladesh
Dhaka, 1212
Bangladesh

Md. Asad Ullah

Jahangirnagar University

Savar
Social Science Faculty, Savar
Dhaka, Dhaka 1342
Bangladesh

Yusha Araf

Shahjalal University of Science and Technology ( email )

Kumargaon
Akhalia
Sylhet, HI 3114
Bangladesh

Md. Nazmul Islam Prottoy

Jahangirnagar University ( email )

Savar
Social Science Faculty, Savar
Dhaka, Dhaka 1342
Bangladesh

Mohammad Jakir Hosen (Contact Author)

Shahjalal University of Science and Technology ( email )

Kumargaon
Akhalia
Sylhet, HI 3114
Bangladesh

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