LONDON: A senior WHO emergency expert said on Sunday that countries cannot simply block their societies from defeating the coronavirus, adding that public health measures are needed to prevent the virus from spreading again in the future.
Mike Ryan said in an interview with the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, “What we really need to focus on is finding those who are sick, those who are infected, and isolate them, find their contacts and isolate them.”
“There is a danger of a blockade … if we do not take strong public health measures now, after these restrictions on the measures and the lifting of the blockade, there is a danger that the disease will increase again.”
Many countries in Europe and the United States follow China and other Asian countries closely and have strict restrictions on the new corona virus. Most workers are told to work at home and in schools, bars, pubs and restaurants.
Ryan said the examples from China, Singapore and South Korea, along with restrictions and strict measures to test all possible suspects, provided a model for Europe, and the World Health Organization says Europe has replaced Asia as the epidemic.
“Once we suppress the spread, we have to chase the virus. We have to fight the virus, ”said Ryan.
Italy is now the most infected country in the world, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned that unless people avoid social interaction, the British health system could be overwhelmed. Robert Jenrick, the UK’s Home Secretary, said the output to be tested next week will double and increase thereafter.
Ryan also said there are several vaccines in development, but only one has been tested in the United States. When asked how long it would take to get a vaccine in the UK, he said people should be realistic.
“We have to make sure it’s absolutely safe … we’ve been talking about it for at least a year.” “The vaccine is coming, but we have to go out and do what we need to do now,” he said.