Public Health and COVID-19 in Cities

2020 has been one of the most difficult years for us all, with the rapid spread of the unfortunate COVID-19 pandemic. All of our schedules have changed, and most of our businesses and international travels have stopped. Once again, we understood the importance of public health as similar to all previous pandemics that humanity faced. Cities that already experienced previous pandemics/epidemics, such as MERS and SARS, have already been aware of the importance of public health, and managed the current pandemic with less severe outcomes, while it had more tragic results for cities and countries with a weaker public health system and lack of treatment facilities. As IGLUS, we are aware of how important the public health system is for cities to deal with this pandemic. Therefore, through this IGLUS Quarterly issue, we would like to touch upon the spread of COVID-19, and the successes and failures of public health systems in cities.

If you feel there are innovative practices underway in your city/region and you would like to contribute to an upcoming edition of IGLUS Quarterly, we encourage you to contact us at umut.tuncer@iglus.org.

Read the full issue here.


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