Sat 14 March, Contradictions

Sat 14 March, Contradictions

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123 countries affected
145,374 confirmed cases
Over 5,429 deaths
Recovered 71, 712
Most likely to spread within the first 3 days of symptoms, less infectious after 7 days.
Containment and eradication are expensive
Doubles about every 5 days

China
8 new cases yesterday
80,000 + confirmed cases, 115,000 x 67 = 7.7 million
3 weeks earlier number of cases reduced by 95%
Locking down, social distancing, contact tracing

WHO
Europe in now the epicentre
More new daily cases than China at the peak of their outbreak
Countries must take a comprehensive approach
Testing
Contact tracing
Quarantine
Social distancing
Do it all
Any country, “that won’t happen to us” is making a deadly mistake.
China, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, aggressive testing, contact tracing, social distancing, community mobilization
Investigation of clusters is a critical step in reducing transmission.
First, prepare and be ready.
Know the signs and symptoms and how to protect themselves and others.
Every health worker should be able to recognize this disease, provide care and know what to do with their patients.
Every health facility should be ready to cope with large numbers of patients, and ensure the safety of staff and patients.
Second, detect, protect and treat.
You can’t fight a virus if you don’t know where it is. Find, isolate, test and treat every case, to break the chains of transmission.
Every case we find and treat limits the expansion of the disease.
Third, reduce transmission.
Do not just let this fire burn.
Isolate the sick and quarantine their contacts.
In addition, measures that increase social distancing such as cancelling sporting events may help to reduce transmission.
These measures, of course, should be based on local context and risk assessment, and should be time-limited.
Even if you cannot stop transmission, you can slow it down and save lives.
And fourth, innovate and learn.
This is a new virus and a new situation.
We’re all learning, and we must all find new ways to prevent infections, save lives, and minimize impact.
Clean your hands regularly with an alcohol-based rub or soap and water
Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow if you cough or sneeze.
Stay home if you’re sick.
Avoid unnecessary travel and large social gatherings.
Comply with the advice of your local or national health authority.
Find and share reliable information.
WHO needs funds - COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund,