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1/ Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

2/ When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue - throw issue away immediately and wash hands.

3/ Avoid close contact with anyone that has fever and cough.

Devi Sridhar+ Your Authors @devisridhar Professor & Chair of Global Public Health, @EdinburghUni Medical School. Director of @GlobalHealthGP. Health governance, financing, policy, systems & security. Sep. 13, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

Things not looking good in the UK (massive understatement). We all need to act like we could have COVID-19 & minimise close physical contact with those outside our household. Need to avoid awful decisions about COVID v non COVID harm.

And if hospitals start filling up with patients arriving needing emergency care, going to put other NHS services at risk. Everyone loses if numbers continue to increase.

I won’t say much more bc I’m sure everyone is sick of my repeating of the same message for months now. But I truly hope we will not pay for all the summer holidays abroad with winter lockdowns. 

There was a window of opportunity this summer to go for zero Covid & avoid the current situation. Get back to more normality but with virus largely gone. Instead people were encouraged to go abroad on holidays. 

Prof Baker’s NEJM NZ paper: cases first imported -> community transmission takes off (imported cases negligible) -> lockdown measures crunch local transmission. Then new cases largely imported- if these aren’t caught, they set off community transmission again. Back to square 1.

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