Published online Apr 25, 2021. doi: 10.5495/wjcid.v11.i2.35
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: 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.