Strategies For Overcoming COVID‑19 Disease

WHO guides public health responses to COVID-19 disease at national and subnational levels
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It has now been more than 100 days since the WHO was notified of the first cases of what we now call COVID‑19 disease, and much has changed since we launched the first Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan 2-months ago, said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, on April 14, 2020.

One of the main things we’ve learned is that the faster all cases are found, tested and isolated, the harder we make it for this virus to spread. 

This principle will save lives and mitigate the economic impact of the pandemic. 

By putting societies and economies on hold, we have curtailed the ability of the virus to spread through our communities. 

These defensive measures have helped to limit some of the short-term impacts of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and bought us time to translate what we have learned about the virus into solutions so that we can get back to a more normal way of living: a new normal.

This pandemic is much more than a health crisis. It requires a whole-of-government and whole-of-society response. 

The resolve and sacrifice of frontline health workers must be matched by every individual and every political leader to put in place the measures to end the pandemic. 

We’re all in this together, and we will only succeed together. There is no time to waste. 

The WHO’s singular focus is on working to serve all people to save lives and stop the pandemic.

As of April 13th, more than 1.7 million people have been infected, and almost 85 000 people have lost their lives. WHO grieves with all families who have lost a loved one, and salutes health workers all over the world who have put themselves in harm’s way every day to save lives.

This document guides the public health response to COVID-19 at national and subnational levels, including practical guidance for strategic action, tailored to the local context.

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