Governance, technology and citizen behavior in pandemic: Lessons from COVID-19 in East Asia

Rajib Shaw, Yong kyun Kim, Jinling Hua

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Corona Virus (CODID-19) was first reported in Wuhan in December 2019, then spread in different parts of China, and gradually became a global pandemic in March 2020. While the death toll is still increasing, the epicenter of casualty has shifted from Asia to Europe, and that of the affected people has shifted to USA. This paper analyzes the responses in East Asian countries, in China, Japan and South Korea, and provides some commonalities and lessons. While countries have different governance mechanism, it was found that a few governance decisions in respective countries made a difference, along with strong community solidarity and community behavior. Extensive use of emerging technologies is made along with medical/health care treatment to make the response more effective and reduce the risk of the spread of the disease. Although the pandemic was a global one, its responses were local, depending on the local governance, socio-economic and cultural context.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100090
JournalProgress in Disaster Science
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Apr


  • COVID-19 pandemic
  • Citizen behavior
  • East Asia
  • Emerging technology
  • Governance response

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Safety Research


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