Too many people imagine the fight against COVID-19 as a land war to be waged with sudsy hand-to-hand combat against grimy surfaces.
From pandemic to epidemic
Mask-wearing, good air flow and frequent rapid tests are more important than surface cleaning, temperature checks and plexiglass. Scientists say America needs to double down on protection protocols as potentially more-contagious coronavirus variants take hold and vaccines are slow to roll out.
Covid-19 has shown the glaring weaknesses of the world’s premier public health agency — and just how much work it would take to reform it.
Rather than talking about fear-inducing counterfactual scenarios (what ifs), we need to focus on crowdsourcing strategies that limit the ability of the infection to get a foothold in our population.
Countries around the world are mobilizing to try to halt the coronavirus outbreak that has infected more than 100,000 people and killed more than 4,000 others. Here's a look at some of the measures that the nine countries with the most cases have implemented so far.
To thwart the next pandemic, private organizations and governments can team up by accelerating the development of better disease surveillances. Disease surveillance is the practice of collecting massive amounts of health data to look for signs of new viruses and outbreaks.
Scientists say China would face a “disaster” if it adopted the U.S. approach of coexistence with the virus.
With cases on the rise once again, revisiting hand washing and other practices is a necessity.
With cases continuing to surge across the US, it is clear that we need a different approach. In the US, we never really effectively implemented an entire arm of Covid control basics, namely identification of the virus through border control, testing, wastewater surveillance, and genomic surveillance and then isolation of those exposed, through contact tracing which takes advantage of digital technology and supportive quarantine systems which could eventually be replaced by prophylactic drugs.