Coronavirus infections are increasing worldwide.
The chairman of the World Health Organization, Tedros Gerbres, said that to fight the disease, strict isolation alone is not enough. There are six more steps to take before giving the virus a chance.
“Many countries have taken unprecedented measures: closing schools and businesses, canceling sports games, requiring people to stay home, and preventing population movements, which means gaining time and reducing medical burdens. But these measures themselves will not stop the spread of the epidemic, WHO leaders warned.
Gerbres proposed a six-step plan that must be implemented during strict isolation.
In countries where only a small number of cases have been found so far, the plan will in principle help avoid quarantine restrictions. The World Health Organization recommends:
Prepare for hospitals, organize training for medical personnel, and expand the number of people participating in the medical system.
Establish a system to identify suspicious symptoms.
Expand the availability of coronavirus testing.
Identify where people with coronavirus symptoms are isolated and the hospitals where they are being treated.
Establish a tracking mechanism to track people in contact with patients.
Reposition all authorities to fight the coronavirus.