Health has a political concept to it, as power is exercised over it. However the political concept of health is limited to health care, it is considered as an individual commodity that is to be delivered by health services and any inadequacies are accounted for usually towards failure at the individual level or health services but never as a collective entity.

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The political spectrum of health is prevalently one dimensional, the policies although improving are still very limited to physical dimension and focused on the eradication of diseases rather than prevention and maintenance of health. Health determinants should involve non-healthcare policies of the government as well and to be referred to as a wide spectrum encompassing the inextricable links of health with social environment i.e. pollution, climate change, and use of natural resources.

The importance of the introduction of new policies while acknowledging health with all its dimensions as an integral part is of utmost importance considering the course of the pandemic and the sinking health conditions. The social policies concerning crisis management as well as recovery should be drawn while considering community health as an aspect. The current data on pandemic has already proven that developing as well as developed nations have encountered sinking health services. The fact that we need to emphasize is that health in a population is not entirely under the control of an individual citizen and their lifestyle; rather it is under the control of the wider political relations of the society. Political scientists, economists, and scholars of public health should collaborate and realize the seriousness and highly political limitations on data about COVID-19 infections and attributed mortality.

The COVID-19 pandemic offers the chance to understand the public health decisions being taken now as well as have a better grasp over global health politics in the future. The basic course of action would be to identify and explain what matters most in addressing COVID-19, across and within regions and countries (Kavanagh & Singh, 2020) (Bal et al., 2020). The multidimensional approach will help to shape future conversations about the meaning and lessons of this disease for comparative politics, health policy, and global health more broadly. A political agenda to address the COVID-19 pandemic that takes politics as a serious focus can enable the development of more realistic interventions in policies and shape our broader understanding of the politics of public health.

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