Covid's 10-fold impact in The West vs. Asia


  • 19.00- 21.00 HRS. (BKK)


  • Ariel Pablos-Mendez
  • Simone Villa

Although the ongoing pandemic started in Asia, its impact has been worse in the West by a factor of 10.  Covid-19 spreads like fire as long as it can find dry wood (vulnerable people), yet most of Asia has mostly avoided an exponential phase of the epidemic. As the epicenter moved during 2020, Asia provided key lessons for the world. At the same time, the experiences and research in other countries will be helpful to Asian countries since the pandemic may well last into 2021 and beyond, as well as in future epidemics.

Review and contrast the experience between Asia and The West (hereby E.U. + the U.S.A.) with ecologic contrasts on the following questions:

* What factors, predating characteristics or response to Covid-19, contributed to the early success in Asia vs. The West?
* Lacking herd immunity, would Asia be more vulnerable to a Covid-19 resurgence by the end of 2020?
* What are the implications/lessons for Asia, The West, the World & for future pandemics?