Arnab Mukherji
IIM Bangalore
Arjun Shatrunjay
Oxford University
The COVID-19 Pandemic, India and the World: Economic and Social Policy Perspectives, Sep 2021
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● Coping with Covid-19 and its Consequences: Household Adjustments in India

Epidemics and infectious diseases have had profound impacts on how people live their since recorded history. One part of this is driven by people's own attempts to avoid exposure to the epidemic, while a second part is how public policy impacts people's lives and livelihoods (Neustadt 2011; Roy 2012). Figures 13.1 and 13.2 present a temporal picture of the spread of Covid-19 (C19) in India as well as the stringency of the Government of India's public policy response to this. India's current caseload is near 81 lakh confirmed cases; with 0.5 lakh new cases every day, India is soon to overtake the count of cases in the USA -- currently, the country with the highest incidence of C19. Little is known about the consequence of this on how households have dealt with the twin crises of epidemic outbreak and economic lockdown, and we present preliminary context and numbers to these unfolding phenomena in this chapter.

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