Review: 7 steps to take before “opening up” America, according to international group of experts

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Review: 7 steps to take before “opening up” America, according to international group of experts

Review: 7 steps to take before “opening up” America, according to international group of experts

ProPublica outlines lessons learned from interviewing frontline officials and experts from Italy, Germany, Spain, Singapore, Taiwan and South Korea about reopening society in the wake of the epidemic.

To safely move to a more open society, the following 7 steps are commonly recommended:

  1. Build an army of contact tracers – according to former CMS chief Andy Slavitt, “It usually takes four or five people over three days to do one full contact trace, on average.”
  2. Test. Constantly.
  3. Isolate people with suspected infection from their families.
  4. Protect health care workers.
  5. Don’t try to go back to “normal”
  6. Watch out for the second wave – use sentinel surveillance to remain vigilant against a rise in cases
  7. Communicate. Clearly. Constantly. This will include governors and other state leaders having to “pursuade voters to do things they won’t like at a moment of unparalleled partisan rancor, record unemployment, disarray in your state’s traditional media outlets and divisions among eminent scientists.”
|2020-04-24T11:19:59-04:00April 24th, 2020|COVID-19 Literature|Comments Off on Review: 7 steps to take before “opening up” America, according to international group of experts

About the Author: Ross Silverman

Ross Silverman
Ross D. Silverman, JD, MPH, is Professor of Health Policy and Management at Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health and Professor of Public Health and Law at Indiana University McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis. He is a member of the IU Centers on Health Policy and Bioethics. His research focuses on public health and medical law, policy, and ethics, and law's impact on health outcomes and vulnerable populations. He also serves as Associate Editor on Legal Epidemiology for Public Health Reports, the official journal of the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General and the U.S. Public Health Service. His most recent Covid-19 publications include: "Ensuring Uptake of Vaccines Against SARS-CoV-2" in the New England Journal of Medicine (with MM Mello & SB Omer), and "Covid-19: control measures must be equitable and inclusive" in BMJ (with ZD Berger, NG Evans & AL Phelan)

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