A. Serve Sustenance
1. Provide food, water and comfort;
2. Make sure that no citizen perishes because of anger or destitution
3. Search for the homeless, the poor and all those without means during “normal” times and fend for them;
4. Ensure that no-one is starved or vulnerable to the diseases;
5. Ensure every citizen has shelter during the pandemic.
B. Secure Safety & Security
1. Protect the citizens from all forms of harm, including harm from the coronavirus;
2. Invoke any relevant laws, policies or emergency powers in order to limit freedoms for the limited purpose of protecting the citizens;
3. Secure the weak, the vulnerable and victims from those who will take advantage of the pandemic to defraud others, harm others or gain benefits on account of other people’s miseries;
4. Ensure there is peace and order in the country, during and after the pandemic;
5. Enforce laws, procure order and stop those who may disobey the law.
C. Stop The Pandemic
1. Define the problem – Covid-19 – what it is;
2. Educate and inform the citizens regarding the problem – Covid-19 – how it is acquired, transmitted; how it is prevented; and what civic, moral, legal and commonsensical duties citizens have in responding to the pandemic;
3. Reduce the impact of the pandemic at hand, i.e. Covid-19 – identify essential services and workers, supply them with materials, equip hospitals with beds, equipment, PPEs, medicines, and all necessities;
4. Manage the sick, the dead and those recovering, as well as provide for or facilitate for the decent burial of the dead victims of the pandemic;
5. Finally end the pandemic by finding a permanent cure or antidote – through research, cooperation with other governments, and if possible, by any means necessary!
D. Surrender Taxation
1. Waive or give people a break from taxation completely (for poor countries);
2. Minimize or waive taxation for certain afflicted sectors (for the rich countries)
3. Stop all non-essential services and workers from working (staying at home declarations);
4. Hire more essential workers, including recalling retirees and upgrading students to join the workforce;
5. Pay people who are staying at home, and pay essential workers a “Risk Bonus” up and above their normal salaries.
E. Seamless Economic Transition
1. Try to avoid a depression at all cost - mobilize entire nation to offer free and pro bono services, volunteer their skills and abilities, donate time and energy, as well as care for everything;
2. Manage the ensuing recession (stimulate the economy through stimulus packages and etc.);
3. Enact pandemic and post-pandemic legislation that puts the citizens back to work immediately after the pandemic;
4. Enact pandemic and post-pandemic legislation that encourage business creation;
5. Minimize the overall impact of the pandemic on the economy of the country through a smooth transition to the economy pre-pandemic or close thereto. DO NO PREMATURELY DECLARE THE PANDEMIC IS OVER WHEN IT IS NOT - that will kill more people and do more damages to economies! This calls for wise political judgment!
By Charles Mwewa