How To Prevent Coronavirus And What Are Countries Doing?

Coronavirus has infected more than 183,000 worldwide and killed over 7,100. The majority of global public health experts believe that countries need to act quickly and decisively to reduce what Robbert Muggah, a leading Brazil-based risk, and security specialist, said, "represents the most significant threat to population health and political and economic stability in a generation." 

These measures include easy and efficient access to testing and results, rigorous contact tracing, consistent science-based messaging, quarantines and a genuine commitment to clamping down on socializing.  

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Now, let’s take a look at what countries are doing.

United States

Cities and towns across the U.S. have already started closing schools, restaurants, sports stadiums, entertainment venues and encouraging "social distancing."

President Donald Trump has urged Americans to refrain from gathering in groups of more than ten people to stem the spread of the virus. He has also declared a national emergency unleashing billions of dollars as part of a raft of measures aimed at bringing a roiling public health crisis – and a growing economic and financial one – under control. In a media briefing at the White House on Tuesday, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin proposed a $1 trillion coronavirus economic stimulus package. 

Trump now appears to be taking COVID-19 seriously. 

However, Trump continues to reject suggestions his administration could have taken action earlier, such as seeing that more testing was available, to ward off COVID-19's threat to Americans and his earlier public comments on the matter are littered with attempts to downplay the crisis. 

China

Despite receiving early criticism for trying to cover up the outbreak, China has been able to turn the tide of an infection that is now rapidly spreading through the global population. It reported fewer than 20 new infections and 14 deaths on Monday, bringing its total number of cases to 80,860, of which more than 67,000 patients have recovered. 

China enacted sweeping measures that forced people inside for weeks, banned all forms of public gatherings and mobilized almost 20,000 medical staff from all over the country to Hubei. At the virus's peak, 120 million school kids were taught online. 

Italy

Italy has taken over from China as the epicenter of COVID-19, according to the World Health Organization. It has almost 31,500 infections and more than 2,500 deaths, the majority of them in its wealthy northern regions, where there are world-class hospitals.

Intensive care beds and ventilators are in such short supply in some areas. With too many patients to care for, many needing life support machines, medical staff would need to effectively choose who lives and who dies. It's a form of triage medicine usually only seen in wartime.

Italy has imposed a near-total lockdown on its citizens, with only supermarkets and drug stores open to the public. There are curfews and travel restrictions and its normally bustling piazzas and squares and historic sites are virtually empty.

 

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