MoA – Coronavirus – A Lockdown Is Not Enough
Even Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson has changed his mind. Instead of taking it “on the chin” as he had suggested and letting many people die until the rest achieves ‘herd immunity’ Britain will now finally try to stop the spreading epidemic.
Racism is the reason that this is happening so late. China, South Korea and Singapore had already show what needs to be done fo fight the epidemic and how to do it successfully. But Asian voices do not count in ‘white’ decision making. The political action in Europe and the U.S. only started to happen after Italy was hit very hard.
And our governments are still not doing enough.
We must test every person’s temperature at airports and trains and build up drive thru testing capacity. If one does not search for the virus one will not find it. We must test, test, test to track all virus carriers down and to stop the spreading.
There must be a mandatory isolation of people who are probably infected but do not show symptoms as well as separate isolation of suspected and detected cases with ‘mild’ symptoms.
Telling a probably infected person to shelter with their family, as is now done in the U.S. and the U.K, will only kill more people. 75%-80% of the cases in China got infected through direct family contact. The family chain must be broken to effectively stop the epidemic.
Probably infected persons, i.e. those who had contact with another infected person, should be put under quarantine in sport arenas or exposition facilities to be supervised by medics.
Contact tracing teams must ask each of them with whom they met over the last days and then check on those persons. This requires lots of people and resources but China has show that it is doable. Tracing cellphones may be useful to help with this. Community monitoring may be a viable alternative.
Additional hospital capacity must be build. There must be hospitals exclusively for Covis-19 cases and others for people with different medical problems.