WHO Assesses Effectiveness of Self-Isolation to Fight COVID-19
World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that governments should not only ask their citizens to self-isolate or restrict movements, because it would not help to extinguish the coronavirus pandemic. Such measures are “buying time”, but not enough to save lives.
He named six key actions necessary to suppress the spread of the virus. First step is expanding, training and deploying health care and public health workforce. Next important steps are implementing an effective system to find every suspected case and ramp up the production, capacity and availability of testing.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also highlighted the importance of identifying facilities that can be transformed into coronavirus health centers, developing a clear plan and working with quarantine contacts, and refocusing the government on suppressing the virus. The WHO Director-General expressed confidence that such measures will not only stop coronavirus spread, but also prevent resurgence after the movement restrictions are lifted.