Recommended by the WHO-China Joint Mission on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

For countries with imported cases and/or outbreaks of COVID-19

  1. Immediately activate the highest level of national Response Management protocols to ensure the all-of-government and all-of-society approach needed to contain COVID-19 with non-pharmaceutical public health measures;
  2. Prioritize active, exhaustive case finding and immediate testing and isolation, painstaking contact tracing and rigorous quarantine of close contacts;
  3. Fully educate the general public on the seriousness of COVID-19 and their role in preventing its spread;
  4. Immediately expand surveillance to detect COVID-19 transmission chains, by testing all patients with atypical pneumonias, conducting screening in some patients with upper respiratory illnesses and/or recent COVID-19 exposure, and adding testing for the COVID-19 virus to existing surveillance systems (e.g. systems for influenza-like-illness and SARI); and
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  5. Conduct multi-sector scenario planning and simulations for the deployment of even more stringent measures to interrupt transmission chains as needed (e.g. the suspension of large-scale gatherings and the closure of schools and workplaces).

Report

[2018] More Dangerous Outbreaks Are Happening. Why Aren’t We Worried About The Next Epidemic?

People ― and more of them ― are living much closer together, driving up the risk for an outbreak in a massive urban center. Worldwide travel makes the spread of something like this easier than ever before. And the changing environment ― from different exposure to parts of the world, a general disregard for habitat and continuous climate change ― means humans are seeing things they haven’t faced before, in areas that have never seen them before.
— Read on www.huffpost.com/entry/outbreaks-epidemic-preparedness_n_5b4f85fbe4b0de86f4892daa

Guyana votes

The first of five general elections in the Caribbean Community is set to be held in Guyana next Monday, March 2, with the governing multiracial coalition pitting itself for a second five year term against an Indo-led main opposition party as both fight to control oil revenues that could make the country one of the richest in the hemisphere in less than a decade.
— Read on amsterdamnews.com/news/2020/feb/27/guyana-votes/