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. 18, 2020 1 min read

Health services should not be the front-line. Should be border checks to prevent virus entering then guidance on avoiding super-spreading events, then test/trace/isolate & then hospitals. Health services are the goalie- don’t leave them alone on the pitch as that’s a losing game.

Relying on just staying within hospital capacity will result in continuous cycle of lockdown/release as ICU beds fill up. Deal with the problem at source instead- keep numbers low & rest of society/economy/health services can run.

On schools, keeping them open & giving kids most sustainable education (not having bubbles isolate repeatedly) means keeping cases coming into schools low & keeping community transmission low. Key metric: what % of kids off school bc isolating & how do we bring that number down?

Final tweet -> take care of your mental health & try to find joy & purpose in daily life. This isn’t going to last forever & we are heading into worst period (Nov-Feb). I’m going for a long run outside & looking forward to changing autumn colours, cute dogs & seagulls. 🍁

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