Period. 29 September - 5 October 2020
  • The WHO Director General issued a statement last week in commemorate the tremendous loss of life from the COVID-19 pandemic that so far has claimed over one million lives in just nine months. Coinciding with the week-long UN General Assembly, the commentary urged that “no matter what stage a country is in an outbreak, it is never too late to turn things around.” The WHO head proceeded to offer four key lessons to individuals, communities and countries in order to take control of the pandemic. These include: (1) Preventing “amplifying events” from occurring (including any cluster of people), (2) Reducing deaths by protecting vulnerable groups (including the elderly, health workers and those with underlying risk factors), (3) Adhering to known preventative measures (including physical distancing, frequent hand washing, masking and respiratory etiquette), and (4) Governments to enact tailed actions to support detection, isolation, testing, contact tracing and caring for cases.

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