(DP 2020-13) Health is Economy: Some Lessons from COVID‐19

Ernesto M. Pernia


“Health is wealth,” though a cliché, has scarcely been uttered during this coronavirus pandemic. Not surprising as it has become second nature to individuals, while what we have is a public health crisis. So more appropriate is “health is economy.” Indeed, health and economy are intimately linked and interactive – sound public health is good for the productivity and sustainability of the economy which, in turn, generates jobs and goods needed for a healthy population.


COVID-19; Philippine economy; Philippines

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