De-politicize the response to it, including the reaction to the effect on the population. Avoid pointing the fingers of blame and make a global attempt to develop treatment then vaccines. Then accept the facts of the severity and prepare the public to expect the worst while making global efforts to stem the effect while treatments gradually improve outcomes. Locking down helped the medical systems cope but it seems more than anything as though it created significant psychological issues bordering on mass paranoia. Not to mention the longer term effects on the nations finances. The political objectives have been stated by many government and business heads so we will see how that plays out.