They’re Doing It Right

Whether it was the strong, bold quarantine measures of China and New Zealand, the intricate contact tracing of China and South Korea or the early adoption of masks of … China, South Korea, Singapore, and the Czech Republic, some places managed to respect COVID-19 enough early on, take precautionary approaches to new information and train their population to be astronauts in time to mitigate a widespread outbreak. They deserve praise and their methods need to be universally employed. If you know someone that’s doing it right, tweet @therealjorahkai and we’ll share it!

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The successful easing of restrictions in Ireland will involve ‘no border’ thinking on the island, says Prof Sam McConkey

The successful easing of restrictions in Ireland will involve ‘no border’ thinking on the island, says Prof Sam McConkey

 

There is much unfinished business to be dealt with quickly before Ireland can begin to ease coronavirus restrictions, according to University of Limerick professor of general practice Liam Glynn.

While the critical question is how this can be done in a way that minimises the risk of a Covid-19 resurgence, in the meantime people should be required to use masks in public, border controls should be strengthened and contact tracing ramped up, he says.

In addition, a robust testing regime must be in place, backed by technology, including an app that will allow public health authorities to directly alert individuals if data taken from their smartphones suggest they have been in close contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19.

This app “has been in the pipeline for weeks” but has yet to be delivered, Glynn says.

China just lifted its lockdown on Wuhan

China has lifted the lockdown in Wuhan, China, where the outbreak first began.

China has lifted the lockdown in Wuhan, China, where the outbreak first began.
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On Wednesday, China ended the months-long lockdown in Wuhan, the city where the coronavirus outbreak first began.

The city and its 11 million people had been under a strict lockdown for over 10 weeks. On Jan. 23, China blocked the borders of Wuhan — not allowing anyone in or out —  a couple of days prior to China’s Lunar New Year, a holiday that typically prompts millions of people to travel,  Live Science previously reported.

The Asian Countries That Beat Covid-19 Have to Do It Again

Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Taiwan had flattened the curve. Then travelers from the US and Europe began reimporting the virus.
aerial of Hong Kong
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ON ANY DIGITAL dashboard tracking the spread of Covid-19, on any graphic comparing country-by-country case curves or death tolls, they were the champs. Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea—leaders there saw what was headed their way from China in the early days of the new coronavirus, before it became a pandemic. They remembered what happened two decades ago with SARS: People died, economies suffered. So they locked down their immigration hardest and soonest, deployed public health workers to follow up contacts of cases, got their hospitals shored up, and started publishing clear and consistent information and data. They flattened their curves before the rest of the world understood there would be curves to flatten. But in recent weeks, those curves have taken another chilling turn. The numbers of new cases in these places are creeping upward.

 

This is what China did to beat coronavirus. Experts say America couldn’t handle it

Kim Hjelmgaard, Eric J. Lyman and Deirdre Shesgreen
In late February as coronavirus infections mounted in Wuhan, China, authorities went door-to-door for health checks – forcibly isolating every resident in makeshift hospitals and temporary quarantine shelters, even separating parents from young children who displayed symptoms of COVID-19, no matter how seemingly mild. 

Caretakers at the city’s ubiquitous large apartment buildings were pressed into service as ad hoc security guards, monitoring the temperatures of all residents, deciding who could come in and implementing inspections of delivered food and medicines. 

 

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Editor’s Note: The Atlantic is making vital coverage of the coronavirus available to all readers. Find the collection here.

While many watched the coronavirus spread across the globe with disinterest for months, in the past week, most of us have finally realized it will disrupt our way of life. A recent analysis from Imperial College is now making some Americans, including many experts, panic. The report projects that 2.2 million people could die in the United States. But the analysis also provides reason for hope—suggesting a path forward to avoid the worst outcomes.

We can make things better; it’s not too late. But we have to be willing to act.