How will countries manage situations once Coronavirus Lockdown ends?
Coronavirus outbreak has reached every corner of the globe and deaths have been reported from most countries. As governments prepare action plans to tackle the outbreak, there are some other important questions that need to be answered too. One such question revolves around how will countries manage their economy, resources, and people at the end of the imposed lockdown period?
A Lockdown is a situation when a government orders some or all services within a specified area are shut and not allowed to operate. However, some exempted services are given permission to operate in such situations to maintain supply of essential commodities like food, water, and medicines.
Many countries across the globe are currently either under a partial or a nationwide lockdown due to Coronavirus outbreak. Health bodies have termed social distancing as key to prevent Coronavirus and to socially distance people, countries have imposed a period where only essential services are allowed to operate and everyone else is asked to stay at home.
Response of citizens on lockdown measures
Citizens have cooperated with every measure from the government but their main concern now is how will life go on after the lockdown period is over? Will COVID-19 vanish somewhere into the air or a vaccine will be developed by then?
A similar question was put up by World Health Organization Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus gathered to focus on formulation of action plans once the lockdown period ends. He explained how governments should prepare more precise and targeted measures to stop transmission of virus and save the lives of their citizens.
Dr Tedros has recommended six key actions to be followed once the lockdown period is over.
How can nations prepare themselves for post-lockdown period
- Nations should focus on expansion of healthcare services and training their medical workforce to combat shortages of people and equipment.
- Suspected cases should be identified and reported at community level to curb community transmission.
- Increasing production and availability of testing is a necessity for every country as the number of cases keeps increasing day by day.
- Every country should adopt and equip facilities for treatment and isolation of patients so that they do not spread virus into healthy people.
- A clear plan and process should be developed by every country to quarantine contacts of a COVID-19 patient.
- Focus of the government should be on suppressing and controlling Coronavirus outbreak.
Once the lockdown period is over, people will have to follow social distancing and other preventive measures more carefully as they will be more prone to catch the virus than ever before.
Coronavirus situation in ‘vulnerable countries’
More than 150 countries still have less than 100 confirmed cases of virus infection and only aggressive actions can save them from getting infected at a larger rate. It is a sensitive time when countries with less developed health systems should focus on immediate arrangements to receive a flood of patients. Everyone should focus on the wellbeing of vulnerable parts of the population like small children, pregnant women, and older people. Such people are at high risk of serious complications of COVID-19.
Maintaining physical distance with people and practicing proper hygiene tips are the only ways to prevent Coronavirus infection unless a vaccine is developed. If your country is under lockdown, Stay at home! Stay safe! If your country is not under a lockdown, practice preventive measures and try to stay at home or away from crowded places. Only you can safeguard your own health from Coronavirus.