Observe: There may be now a more recent Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Situation Report 92.
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1. Up to date technique to assist information public well being response to COVID-19
WHO revealed the primary Strategic Response and Preparedness Plan on February 3, 2020. Since then, we now have discovered an enormous quantity about COVID-19, and the way finest to sluggish and cease it spreading by means of communities all over the world. WHO has been quickly translating this new data into steering for nationwide governments, well being employees, and everybody else concerned within the international response to COVID-19. On April 14, WHO revealed a strategy update reflecting what we now have discovered to tell the following iteration of the Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan (SPRP) due within the coming weeks.
The replace is meant to assist information the general public well being response to COVID-19 at nationwide and subnational degree. The replace emphasizes the necessity to tailor the response to COVID-19 rigorously to native contexts, nevertheless, there are some essential classes that may be utilized in a broad vary of conditions.
One essential lesson is that the quicker and the more practical we’re at discovering all suspected instances of COVID-19, testing, isolating and treating the confirmed instances and tracing their contacts, then the tougher we make it for the virus to unfold. This in flip makes it simpler for well being techniques to manage, ship high quality care, and save lives.
This precept applies in all contexts, however it may typically be a problem to place into apply even in settings with ample sources. Along with the entire UN system, WHO has labored and is constant to work carefully with all companions and nationwide governments to make sure that all populations, however particularly essentially the most susceptible populations, together with these in humanitarian settings, profit from a coordinated and efficient response. Alongside the SPRP, that applies to all international locations, the COVID-19 International Humanitarian Response Plan (issued on March 25, 2020), units out essentially the most pressing well being and humanitarian actions required to arrange and reply to COVID-19 in essentially the most fragile contexts.
The replace additionally units out key standards and concerns for international locations which might be contemplating lifting a number of the widespread restrictions on motion, usually termed “lockdowns,” which were used to suppress the unfold of COVID-19 by means of communities. By making certain these standards are met, it must be potential for international locations to maintain a gentle state of low-level or no transition concurrently resuming some social and financial actions. Nevertheless, with out cautious planning, and within the absence of scaled up public well being and scientific care capacities, the untimely lifting of bodily distancing measures is prone to result in an uncontrolled resurgence in COVID-19 transmission and an amplified second wave of instances.
Lastly, the replace units out the shift required within the worldwide system to help international locations to plan, finance and implement their response to COVID-19. The world has by no means confronted this scale of problem earlier than. COVID-19 is a very international disaster, and the one solution to overcome it’s collectively, in international solidarity.
2. Associate Coordination
Emergency Medical Groups (EMT)
International Well being Cluster (GHC)
International Outbreak Alert and Response Community (GOARN)
WHO continues to facilitate direct and distant technical help to international locations by means of GOARN regional and international community of networks to help well being operation. UNICEF, IFRC, US CDC, and OCHA are embedded within the international COVID-19 incident administration staff in Geneva; and are supporting all pillars of response. Work is ongoing to launch public data hub on GOARN Information Platform for COVID-19 to share sources from companions and different stakeholders.
GOARN actions embrace:
Danger Communications and Group Engagement (RCCE)
IFRC, UNICEF, and WHO with GOARN help are strengthening coordination and collaboration amongst key stakeholders on the international and regional ranges in danger communications and group engagement (RCCE). Because the COVID-19 pandemic develops into a world humanitarian disaster, there’s growing coordination with IASC Outcomes Group 2 on Accountability and Inclusion and its humanitarian companions to affix and align efforts in regard to nation operations, options and instruments for stronger group engagement and accountability approaches on the bottom.
In case you are not in an space the place COVID-19 is spreading or haven’t traveled from an space the place COVID-19 is spreading or haven’t been involved with an contaminated affected person, your danger of an infection is low. It’s comprehensible that you could be really feel anxious concerning the outbreak. Get the information from dependable sources that can assist you precisely decide your dangers so to take affordable precautions (see Frequently Asked Questions). Search steering from WHO, your healthcare supplier, your nationwide public well being authority or your employer for correct data on COVID-19 and whether or not COVID-19 is circulating the place you reside. You will need to be told of the state of affairs and take acceptable measures to guard your self and your loved ones (see Protection measures for everyone).
In case you are in an space the place there are instances of COVID-19 it is advisable to take the danger of an infection severely. Observe the recommendation of WHO and steering issued by nationwide and native well being authorities. For most individuals, COVID-19 an infection will trigger gentle sickness nevertheless, it may make some folks very unwell and, in some folks, it may be deadly. Older folks, and people with pre-existing medical situations (reminiscent of heart problems, continual respiratory illness or diabetes) are in danger for extreme illness (See Protection measures for persons who are in or have recently visited (past 14 days) areas where COVID-19 is spreading).