PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Humans live in a deeply interconnected, interdependent world, and a COVID-19 outbreak anywhere can quickly become an outbreak everywhere.
That’s according to Dr. Ashish K. Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, who spoke as a witness in a U.S. Congress committee hearing on the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Jha was one among a panel of experts asked to testify for a Thursday, March 18, hearing titled “A Year Out: Addressing International Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Held virtually, the hearing was convened by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs.
Jha reviewed the profound negative effects of COVID-19 on the global community: infections that may top one billion; an official death toll of 2.6 million, but likely much higher; economic decline (disproportionately affecting the poor); worldwide setbacks in education (again, with potentially dire outcomes for the already-disadvantaged); worsening democracy in many countries; and an increase in authoritarian leaders. READ MORE