Researcher in Urban Planning at Harvard University and co-founder of Aretian in Boston
Ramon Gras, Researcher in Urban Planning at Harvard University and co-founder of Aretian, stresses Boston’s handling of the health crisis was “prudent, rigorous and sound.” In Suffolk County, which includes the city of Boston and has a population of 803,000 inhabitants, there have been 225 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, while in the city of Barcelona this figure is 438, almost double.
He says that although the spread of the virus was brought down significantly in Barcelona during the first lockdown, frequent changes to restrictions then "generated a bullwhip effect” that has had a major impact on the health system”.
Gras believes that it is now necessary to “learn from the mistakes made” and "design rigorous decision-making mechanisms based on scientific evidence.” “We will be in a much better position to face a crisis of this magnitude next time, if we recognize the importance of talent and adopt a courageously professional approach” he concludes.
Read the full interview in La Vanguardia.