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Back to basics public health measures IF only @POTUS would listen !
Rule 1: Listen to your scientists! Public Health experts should do daily briefings NOT @realDonaldTrump or @VP Politicians must step aside and let scientists lead the war against #COVID19 @DrDzul @ProfAdeeba
Rule 2: Enforce extreme NOT slow and/or incremental #SocialDistancing like Italy!

eg Clear Florida’s beaches.

China lockdown the #COVID19 epicenter #Wuhan and sent 40,000 HealthCare Providers #HCP to assist
Rule 3: Like Malaysia lockdown dangerous #HotSpots.

#MCO enforces #StayHome orders.

Provide and ensure food, medicines etc delivery to quarantined, old, poor, infirmed and their families

Go into #freeze mode or risk overwhelmed and overburdened hospitals like Italy, Spain
Rule 4: South Korea moved early and fast.

Facilitated 4 companies to make #CovidTests.

#DriveThru facilitated widespread testing.

US like M’sia must ramp up testing.

Protect the tester with appropriate #PPENow #SafetyFirst #ProtectHealthCareWorkers
Rule 5: Like South Korea and Singapore, Malaysia and US must utilize #apps to do contact tracking.

Manual and paper tracing is jurassic and labor intensive.

GPS alerts of #CovidPositive where-abouts previous 48 hrs (ethical issues here)... to be ctd
Rule 6: #COVID occurs in family clusters.
Home isolation is a failed policy. 4 in a family of 7 died in New Jersey.
The 2 Sarawak ladies who returned from Italy, tested positive, and infected 10 other people including 3 first degree relatives who died
Isolation facilities is the best option.
It will guarantee that the #COVID patient is quarantined and not loose into the community spreading the virus.
In South Korea, your where-about is tracked closely with GPS and if you break the quarantine you will be fined USD8,000.
This is the new normal I am afraid, at least until the war against #SARSCoV2 is won. The liberal west is paying a high price for their misplaced obsession with individual autonomy and personal freedom @drmusanordin @ProfAdeeba @DrKhorSK @boosulyn @nazrikh @BFMradio @malaysiakini
Rule 7: Go for #Mask4All
I know I am threading on soft ground here.
The #CDC and #WHO guidelines are against the liberal use of facemasks. 
They are however not based on good science except to save them for use by health care providers #HCP in the midst of severe shortage.
This rule has had the unintended result of stigmatizing the mask wearers as either being contagious or a mask hoarder.
It is all about crowd psychology. If everyone wears a mask, the hesitant sick person will now be more willing to put on a mask because there will no more stigma
The face masks blocks the big projectile droplets that land in the nose or throat  and cause spread of #COVID infection.
Like #SocialDistancing and  #handwashing the #Mask4All policy has somewhat contributed to Asia better flattening the epidemic curve.
Fast fwd #Mask4All policy mayb the middle ground policy 2 harmonize bet total lockdown that hurts the economy & total freedom with the risk of #COVID resurgence.
It is also time to do without handshakes, hugs and kisses and do the Hola, Namaste, Eyvallah and elbow bumps instead.
The potential of spread in schools, universities and other institutions of learning is contained by closing them.
Rule 8: Direct govt intervention is imp 2 ensure vital services eg food, water, essentials are preserved. And ensure adequate supplies of masks, PPE, oxygen & respirators.
Any opportunity at indecent profiteering must be stemmed with price controls/enforcement/punishments
The quartet of interventions-#testing #tracking #isolating #SocialDistancingNow apart from buying time for the healthcare services and infrastructure to cope, should also afford the opportunity to build a surge capacity, creating more covid dedicated hospitals, decanting...
of non-covid patients elsewhere, sourcing and securing stockpiles of lifesaving gadgets, PPEs, medicines, consumable etc, to prepare for the worst case scenario.
Rule 9: #FlattenTheCurve is also designed to buy time to enable the development of effective anti-covid medicines and vaccines. The former is now being researched in the  WHO Solidarity Clinical Trial studying the efficacy of anti-HIV, anti-Malarial ...
and new anti-viral combinations.
And at least 2 anti-covid candidate vaccines are in phase 1 trials in the US and China. And another 2 from Australia and Israel in the second quarter.
Rule 10: The first world nations should assist the Lower and Middle Income Countries (LMIC) with resources to fight the covid virus.
WHO director general, upon declaring the novel coronavirus a pandemic, called for countries to learn from one another’s successes, act in unison..
.. and help protect one another against a common threat. “Let’s all look out for each other, because we’re in this together to do the right things with calm and to protect the citizens of the world.”
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