Note: This thread is related to #Coronavirus #COVID19

Follow the World Health Organization's instructions to reduce your risk of infection:

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.

Prof. Devi Sridhar
+ Your AuthorsArchive @devisridhar Professor & Chair of Global Public Health, @EdinburghUni Medical School. Director of @GlobalHealthGP. Health governance, financing, policy, systems & security. Oct. 06, 2020 1 min read

Going for 'herd immunity' is giving up on controlling COVID (even if it's sold as 'protect the vulnerable'). More likely to see epidemic cycles, esp. if immunity is short-lasting. Never reached 'herd immunity' to measles until there was a vaccine. 

Even Sweden has restrictions in place- work from home, respect distancing, avoid public transport, upper secondary schools & universities were shut March-August. 

Two fallacies have been: 1. to equate suppression with lockdowns -> in fact, East Asian countries stayed open with test/trace/isolate, border measures & good voluntary guidance. 2. to think all non-COVID harms are from restrictions rather than from the virus itself circulating.

I have no role in any decisions- just sharing info. But I will say that places that have been hard hit (NYC, Northern Italy)- take COVID seriously b/c everyone knows someone affected. It will be sad if the only way people take this seriously is when we all know someone affected.

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