By Bob Arnot, M.D., sponsored by DeVry University
A high-level overview of the critical steps and widespread efforts taken by China to contain the rapid spread of COVID-19. China’s success gives the world hope and an example to follow.
Let's start with some great news. Corona's spread began at its origins in Wuhan, China. China's Deputy Center is now reporting zero new cases of new disease, has plans for re-establishing the airline connections and reopening factories begins.
How did China succeed? By following the World Health Organization guidelines and applying draconian measures. China undertook a:
- Massive increase in testing capabilities in the earliest stages of the pandemic
- Large scale screening of every symptomatic individual
- Social distancing and home quarantine
- Centralized quarantine for confirmed cases and suspected cases and symptomatic cases. The Chinese even brought close contacts into the centralized camp and isolated them.
These severe measures allowed China to defeat the virus. Western democracies may simply be unable to take such steps, but will suffer unimaginable consequences in numbers of sick and dead. Even in late March, New York City has been unable to test more than hospitalized patients and healthcare workers allowing an enormous outbreak to unfold.
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