The World Health Organization supports the efforts of different countries around the world to get out of quarantine, but recommends doing it safely, with a number of caveats. The head of the WHO Tedros Adan Ghebreyesus stated this during a briefing on August 31, the press service of the organization said.
“WHO fully supports efforts to open up the economy and society. We want children to return to school and people to return to work, but we want it to be done safely,” Gebreyesus said.
According to him, the more countries control the coronavirus, the more opportunities they have to ease quarantine. However, uncontrolled abandonment of quarantine restrictions is a recipe for disaster, Ghebreyesus warned.
In this regard, he recalled the need to find a balance between lifting quarantine and taking precautions when opening an economy.
According to the head of WHO, there are four important points that governments and citizens should focus on in order to gain control of the pandemic while the restrictions on public life are eased.
First, local outbreaks of coronavirus should not be allowed to intensify, given that it can spread very rapidly among groups of people. These are cases of crowds in stadiums, nightclubs, places of worship and other places of mass gathering.
Decisions on how and when to allow gatherings of people should be based on a local risk-based approach.
Countries or communities with significant localized transmission may need to postpone mass events for short periods of time to reduce transmission.
Second, governments must reduce Covid-19 deaths by protecting vulnerable populations, including the elderly, people with underlying medical conditions, and workers in critical infrastructure.
By protecting those most at risk, countries can save lives, prevent serious illness and reduce the burden on their health systems, WHO said.
Third, people have a role to play in taking steps to protect themselves and others - keeping at least one meter from others, washing their hands regularly, following respiratory etiquette and wearing a mask.
According to Gebreyesus, in this case it is worth avoiding confined spaces, crowded places and conditions of close contact.
And fourth, governments must take individual action to locate, isolate, test and treat patients, and track and quarantine contacts.