World Health Organization comes up with 6 conditions on which restrictions will be lifted
All the countries are evaluating their plans for lifting the lockdown and push things back to normal once the Coronavirus pandemic curve flattens. The World Health Organization has laid down 6 guidelines that should be followed as countries will be soon starting to lifting the restrictions. These 6 guidelines are going to define billions of lives in the coming months, and will be a deciding factor for many countries to take action on restrictions.
Here are the 6 guidelines suggested by WHO
1. Transmission must be controlled to lift lockdown
You don’t have to be an expert to understand why transmission must be controlled before the lockdown is lifted. The countries can look to easing up the restrictions gradually when the transmission is controlled to a level of sporadic cases and clusters of cases, all from importations or known contacts.
2. Health facilities and nursing homes should be free of outbreak risks
Stopping the second wave of the COVID-19 would be very difficult if the chances of the outbreak remain in any place, be it health facilities, nursing homes or isolation centres. Places, where a large of number of coronavirus patients were treated can become a potential hotspot. So, it is important to contain the virus in these areas.
3. Health infrastructure is capable of detect, test, isolate and treat every infected person
Health infrastructure in many western countries have collapsed under the emergency situation created due to global pandemic. Regardless of the numbers of coronavirus positive people, lockdown cannot be lifted until health infrastructure is ready to fight the disease. WHO says that that the countries’ health system capacity should be enough to detect, test, isolate and treat each and every coronavirus case and its contacts.
4. Risk of imported cases
WHO urges countries to have measures in place to quickly detect and manage suspected cases among travellers. This will help in managing the risk of imported cases through an analysis of likely routes and origin. It will also ensure that transmission does not take place from one geographic location to another.
5. Preventive measures are put in work, educational and other places
It is certain that things will not go to normal very soon. There will be obvious changes in the behaviour and functioning of societies. A newfound norm will be made in all the places where the public goes. Preventive measures like necessitation of masks and sanitizers might go on, people might keep practising social distancing.
6. Communities should be educated about the impending shift
As said earlier, there will be new norms even when the lockdown is lifted. Life won’t be like it was like before the coronavirus came to haunt us. Mobility is expected to be restricted. WHO says that the masses should be educated about the new norm and prevention measures should be followed to the max. It is important for the government to encourage people to continue basic hygiene and social distancing for a few more months.
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