Letter to the Editor
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World J Clin Infect Dis. Apr 25, 2021; 11(2): 35-37
Published online Apr 25, 2021. doi: 10.5495/wjcid.v11.i2.35
COVID-19 mortality and gross domestic product loss: A wake-up call for government leaders
Atsushi Sakuraba, Toshiro Sato
Atsushi Sakuraba, Department of Medicine, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60637, United States
Toshiro Sato, Department of Organoid Medicine, Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo 108-8345, Japan
Author contributions: Sakuraba A contributed to the conceptualization, methodology, and writing; Sato T edited and approved the final draft.
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Corresponding author: Atsushi Sakuraba, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Chicago, 5841 S Maryland Ave, Chicago, IL 60637, United States. asakurab@medicine.bsd.uchicago.edu
Received: February 17, 2021
Peer-review started: February 17, 2021
First decision: March 17, 2021
Revised: March 30, 2021
Accepted: April 8, 2021
Article in press: April 8, 2021
Published online: April 25, 2021
Core Tip

Core Tip: There is a large variation of mortality and damage to economy due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) among countries. In the present study, we demonstrated that there was a negative correlation between gross domestic product (GDP) and COVID-19 mortality suggesting that countries that failed to control the virus would see a larger decline in GDP. Some countries or regions (China, New Zealand, and Taiwan) have acted quickly and aggressively to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which resulted in relatively small damage to the economy. Governmental leaders should act fast and aggressively when making decisions because data shows that countries who have run after two hares have caught neither.