The first rains of May soften the land and the plow breaks the ground opening furrows of hope, the seed falls in the middle with the vocation of resurrection of a new harvest that fills with hope and hope.
In the face of crises there are two options: face them or ignore them. Facing them is normal behavior for responsible individuals, companies, institutions, and governments. Ignoring it is atypical behavior that often has adverse consequences. The coronavirus crisis and its effects are serious and must be faced. We must protect the lives of people, informing the population by all possible means of dissemination of this virus and how to avoid its spread and what to do in case of spread.
Civil society, the Catholic Church and the private sector have made a commendable effort to warn society about this deadly virus, how to prevent it, identify it and treat it in case of contagion. Unfortunately, the government has ignored and challenged her, her behavior is atypical, reckless and has been reported internally and in international forums. You must correct it immediately. The truth is that this behavior has been similar to that of people who in a crisis become paralyzed, remain undaunted, act inconsistently and erratically.
In the meantime, the crisis must be confronted and the government must be pressured, pointed out and finally persuaded of the urgent need to change its behavior. To implement policies that protect and defend the population that they are obliged to serve and defend.
There are several ways to do it. The main thing is to defend the life of the population and here you have to report transparently on the current situation of viral dissemination and strengthen public service centers, as well as support and facilitate the activities carried out by civil society, the Church and the business community. , instead of hindering or preventing it. Next, the financial pressure derived from the pandemic suffered by the population must be alleviated. Many governments have set the example by taking actions such as deferring the payment of basic services such as rents, energy, water and fiscal charges, and others. Finally, we must defend the sources of production and creation of goods and services, the creators of wealth, employment and income. Many small, medium and large companies would preserve the employment and income of workers, and would compete better in the markets with a reduction of tax burdens and prices of inputs for production.
For example, before the collapse of oil prices a window of opportunity opens; it is up to the government to take advantage of it and apply that collapse to alleviate transportation and energy costs. That would greatly benefit the population.
It is time to face the crisis, we must act now and not confront but understand, all together as befits a society in danger, and that the furrows of hope become sources of abundance, only then can we successfully emerge from this crisis we are experiencing .
The author is an Economist.