Better Safe Than Sorry: National Post

COVID-19 spreads rapidly, posing a threat to the vulnerable including the elderly and those with chronic conditions. Sten Vermund, dean of Yale School of Public Health, urges aggressive measures for a virus that is overwhelming hospitals and health care providers. The new coronavirus emerged in November 2019 and quickly spread around the world. Until more data is collected, communities should apply strong measures, including social distancing, slowed economic activity and isolation. Vermund compares the reported infection rate of COVID-19, more than 30 percent, to that of the 1918-19 influenza pandemic. Countries that applied early testing, contact tracing and lockdown measures for COVID-19 with social distancing and mask requirements, slowed the spread and report lower infection rates. “What we don’t know is whether implementing a model whereby isolating the elderly and the vulnerable, while letting the less vulnerable go back to work, is an effective solution,” he said. He compared refusal to practice tough measures to families who choose to remain in their homes during a raging wildfire. Vermund encourages tough national strategies to protect health care systems. – YaleGlobal

Better Safe Than Sorry: National Post

Countries and communities cannot be too cautious on COVID-19: better to take aggressive, all-encompassing measures than gamble on untested, partial strategies
Sten Vermund
Thursday, April 2, 2020

Read the article from the National Post about advice for nations to take aggressive measures to contain COVID-19.

Sten Vermund serves as dean of the Yale School of Public Health, Anna M.R. Lauder Professor of Public Health, and Professor of Pediatrics, Yale School of Medicine.

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Thank you to health providers: Hospital staff are weary in countries that were slow to require aggressive isolation and self-distancing orders; a nurse comforts a patient in Iran (Source: IRNA and Radio Free Europe)

Slow to Contain COVID-19, Selected Nations 	Confirmed Cases	Population Belarus	163     →	9.5 million Brazil	5,923    → 209 million Burundi	2    →	10.9 million Iran	47,593   → 81 million Italy	110,574        →	60 million Mexico	1,215   →	129 million Spain 102,136  →47 million UK	29,854  →66 million US	203,608        →	327 million
Risk: Governments that resisted testing and slowing economies to contain COVID-19 put their most vulnerable citizens at risk; testing rates vary among countries and confirmed case reports are as of April 1 (Source: Johns Hopkins University, Vox)

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