Natalie E. Dean, PhD+ Your Authors @nataliexdean Assistant Professor of Biostatistics at @UF specializing in emerging infectious diseases and vaccine study design. @HarvardBiostats PhD. Tweets my own. She/her. May. 05, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

Kerala, India, is implementing “test, trace, isolate, support,” and it is paying off so far. They are working hard to keep case numbers low. What can we learn from them? A short thread. 1/5

What does support mean? Local health officers ask those in isolation: “How is your health? What is your state of mind? Are you running out of any food supplies?” They are working to make sure that villagers on medication get their pills on time. 2/5
 https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/aggressive-testing-contact-tracing-cooked-meals-how-the-indian-state-of-kerala-flattened-its-coronavirus-curve/2020/04/10/3352e470-783e-11ea-a311-adb1344719a9_story.html 

The local village council galvanised local workers to open a community kitchen. They have been providing free lunches for more than 1,200 people in the area. They also built temporary shelters to house stranded migrant workers. 3/5
 https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-52283748 

The WHO is attributing Kerala’s “prompt response” to its past “experience and investment” in emergency preparedness and pointed to measures such as district monitoring, risk communication and community engagement. 4/5

 https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/04/13/999313/kerala-fight-covid-19-india-coronavirus/ 

Notably, Kerala faced an outbreak of the highly deadly Nipah virus in 2018. The region takes infectious disease threats very seriously. “We were ready from the very beginning. We realised a storm was coming. So we began erecting our defences.” 5/5

 https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/04/health/nipah-virus-india-vaccine-epidemic.html 


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