Opinion | Is the Corona Virus Outbreak a Pandemic?

As frightening as it is to imagine this scenario, what happened in Wuhan, the Chinese city in the epicenter of the outbreak, is likely to take place elsewhere. Hospitals may have to reject everyone except the most seriously ill. Your ability to cope with the usual burden of heart attack, critical injury, or cancer patients may be severely impaired,

In a world poorly prepared for a potentially life-threatening, easily communicable disease like Covid-19, the most effective way to mitigate the effects of the pandemic is to focus on supporting health systems that are already overwhelmed.

This is the main reason why the top priority of every country should be to protect its healthcare workers.

The United States and other countries in the northern hemisphere are already in crisis a moderately difficult one Flu Season, Your inventory of protective equipment for doctors, nurses and rescue workers – respiratory masks N-95, gloves, eye protection, disposable suits – are running out, These limited supplies must first go to healthcare workers and not to the public. In part, this is to ensure that hospitals themselves do not become places where the coronavirus is more widespread than it is: If infected healthcare workers die in large numbers, entire societies can be shocked to the point of panic.

Governments should also conduct Covid-19 preparatory exercises in local hospitals and expand the temporary capacity of hospitals, e.g. Construction of emergency tents in parking lotsas is already happening in some places in the United States, To minimize the burden of overworked acute hospitals, supportive care may need to be provided in makeshift facilities and patient homes, as has been the case with severe pandemics in the past, such as the Great Influenza of 1918-19.

The manufacturing and distribution chains for pharmaceuticals and other important products such as needles and syringes must remain open, and this requires international cooperation given the global nature of the industry. In accordance with the guidelines of the World Health OrganizationCountries affected by corona viruses should not be as isolated as the United States and others try to do with China at the moment. Otherwise, we will isolate ourselves with the spread of the virus and compromise our ability to conserve critical resources. Many of the active ingredients in life-saving generics – those that have crash carts for hospitals in stock and maintain our daily well-being – come from China and India, If this production is stopped, many people could die, not directly from Covid-19, but indirectly from a lack of access to these drugs.

To ensure all of this, you have to face the hard facts of this unfolding pandemic – and that requires thorough, transparent disclosure to the public. Previous experience with the letters with anthrax lacing in 2001 and the Ebola outbreak in 2014 suggest that people will respond more rationally and show greater resilience to a full-blown crisis if they do are intellectually and emotionally prepared for this.

Yet, even officials and experts who openly predicted a pandemic are not saying enough about what to expect and how to prepare. Basic information is still missing or is not coming through: According to a recent survey 65 percent of people in Hong Kong had enough surgical masks for a month or more – although such masks will do little to prevent Covid-19 from spreading.

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