According to the World Health Organization (WHO), ‘the worst is yet to come.’ And in fact, the ‘pandemic is speeding up.’ You can find the full report here.
It was six months ago when the WHO declared the virus a global health emergency. And just recently, they announced that we should prepare for the ‘long haul’ ahead. This is due to the global environment and condition.
WHO’s director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said that different countries are fighting the virus using various levels. Some are not vigilant enough and do not take the coronavirus seriously. In reality, the spread of the coronavirus could have been prevented if all countries used the tools that WHO already has.
Coronavirus; vigilant countries
The organization commended countries such as China, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, and German. These regions showed vigilance in stopping coronavirus, and they have seen the efforts of both the government and the citizens. Apart from an excellent public health system, most of these countries have conducted nationwide testing. However, the bulk of its success was because of their people who followed the mandate to stay at home.
In the US, the case is different, where some people would rather not wear facemasks, or they would still go out whenever they want to. Governors are allowed to have their own mandates, and this resulted in a drastic increase of coronavirus cases in populated areas.
Vietnam and their fight against coronavirus
Meanwhile, Vietnam’s success in terms of combatting the coronavirus should be mirrored by other developing countries. They reported only 352 confirmed cases and 0 deaths. Vietnam was one of the countries that were able to lift domestic containment measures.
Right after China reported to the WHO about several cases of pneumonia, Vietnam already conducted a health risk assessment. And by January of this year, they have already issued guidelines that could prevent the outbreak. From there, the country was proactive in implementing containment measures including airport screenings, travel bans to foreign visitors, physical distancing, school closures, event cancellations, and 14-day quarantine periods. In addition, they already mandated their people to wear face masks in public.
Vietnam also used extensive contact tracing and isolation, wherein even an entire street or village was tested. This has stopped community transmission.
One of the best things that we can learn from Vietnam is their transparency. Even at the onset, they were able to communicate everything there is to know about the virus. This awareness allowed people to prepare. Unfortunately, other countries were too lenient, and they only created strict measures when there was already a surge of coronavirus cases.
Global cases of coronavirus
Last Sunday, it was reported that the global cases of coronavirus have already exceeded 10 million. The number of deaths is almost around half a million. If we don’t follow the health measures, it will surely go up in the coming weeks.
Public health reminders
As of the moment, there is still no vaccine available for coronavirus. The only thing we can do right now is boost our immune system, practice physical distances, and ensure that you properly wash your hands as frequently as possible.