It has been over a year since the first case of Covid-19 was found, now with 115 million cases confirmed and more than 2.5 million deaths. There have been some shining examples of countries that successfully contained the virus and got back on their feet. In today’s coronavirus news update, let’s check out some of those countries and what we can learn from them.
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Coronavirus News: Learn from Each Other and Growth as a Whole
According to BBC Panorama’s Jane Corbin, after going through the reports, statistics, and current state of countries across the globe, she found the four keys to effectively preventing deaths and containing the pandemic:
- Effective and immediate action to manage borders and monitor arrivals
- Anyone suspected of being contaminated is being tested, tracked, and traced
- Aid for those in isolation to contain the virus’s spread
- Leadership that is both effective and reliable, as well as public messaging that is both consistent and timely
An example of a father in South Korea will show us why preparation is extremely important. Stanley Park went to pick up Joo Yeon, his daughter, from the airport; instead of greeting her with a big warm hug, he gave her a bottle of sanitizing spray and a mask. And after arriving home, she strictly followed a two-week quarantine at her parent’s place. In addition, she even downloaded a tracker app to keep an eye on her movements and receive check-up calls from the authorities.
For Stanley and many people in Korea, this isn’t their first experience of a pandemic, as the Mers outbreak in 2015 has left the country in fear and devastation.
By learning from their previous experience, the government quickly implemented 48 measures to improve public health emergency preparedness and response. When the coronavirus struck, authorities were able to rapidly flatten the outbreak curve without having to close businesses or impose tighter stay-at-home limits throughout the country.
Test, Track, and Trace
In January, the majority of East Asian countries began contact tracing the infected. Hospitals in South Korea, such as Yangji in Seoul’s Gwan-Ak district, have been assigned to tackle Covid from research to treatment. People are screened at arm’s length in a special fully-sealed booth, so they don’t even have to enter the building.
Also, all of the hospital’s procedures are run on-site, and the results are generally available in four to five hours.
According to a September report from the Scientific Advice Group for Emergencies, less than 20 percent of people in the UK required to self-isolate are fully quarantined. Meanwhile, in India, a group of 30 thousand accredited social-health activists has been tasked with making sure everyone strictly follows the order to quarantine. They also help quarantined people with their shopping so that they don’t leave their homes.
In addition, the support for those isolating themselves doesn’t end there. A community kitchen has been providing 600 free meals for them, and they have also been offered mental health services since the start.
Protect The Elderly
The older demographic are at a higher risk of getting infected and an even higher risk of death than the young. Knowing this, GP Lisa Federle started experiments in nursing homes in the ancient town of Tübingen, in the German state of Baden Württemberg, in early April to keep the virus out and encourage tourists.
Boris Palmer, the town’s mayor, prioritized elderly treatment and support in his local budget, providing a subsidized taxi service, free masks distributed to households, and extended shopping hours.
In the United Kingdom, more than 26 million individuals have received at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine. The prosperity of the United Kingdom is due in large part to a massive preparation campaign. Before there was even news of the first Covid-19 outbreak in the UK, the Department of Health and Social Care started preparing a mass vaccine campaign.
The government agreed to buy 100 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine and 30 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine over the year. In Europe, though, the preparations began later, and the rollout has been slow.
Just 8% of Europeans have obtained a vaccine so far, compared to 36% in the United Kingdom. Vaccine agreements in the United Kingdom were reached three months before those in the European Union.
In addition, due to the high production fee and cost of transporting, obtaining vaccines seems impossible for many poorer countries—especially those in third-world countries like in African. Therefore, a working vaccine plan must be an international effort from every country around the globe.
The best way to prepare for the worst is to learn from the countries that succeeded in containing the pandemic and kept casualties low. Also, a plan for vaccine distribution is urgently needed, that’s why coming together as a whole is the way forward.
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