1/All are so impt but we cannot stress enough the importance of:

1) isolation of all cases, preferably in medical facility for care. But can be done at home w/ right precautions

2) quarantine of contacts, preferably outside of the home. If not, can be with precautions at home
2/ without isolation of cases AND quarantine of contacts, the virus will spread.

➡️😷alone cannot prevent spread
➡️Testing alone cannot spread
➡️👋hygiene alone cannot prevent spread
➡️Good ventilation alone cannot prevent spread
➡️physical distancing alone cannot prevent spread
3/ We cannot & should not become over reliant on any one measure.

It will not work.

All countries have tools right now and they must be used.

All countries have highly motivated people who want to protect themselves & others.

We can do this together.

We must.

We will.

See WHO.int for guidance on #COVID19

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More from @mvankerkhove

10 Oct
Even if local areas can only focus on identifying symptomatic cases & isolate & care for them; trace & quarantine close contacts; you can eventually catch up on finding mild & asymptomatic cases because they will already be in quarantine.

This is how #ContactTracing works...
2/ This will break chains of transmission.

I described this at the @WHO Live Q&A this past Wednesday - see around min 57

3/ Remember cases have highest viral loads (appear to be most infectious) -2 days before & up to 5-7 days after symptom onset for mild/moderate patients.

Severe/critical patients (who should be cared for in hospital) can be infectious for up to three weeks & possibly longer.
Read 5 tweets
25 Sep
1/ Interesting published paper in @Lancet y'day

Highlighting the importance of:
➡️Knowledge of infection status
➡️Community engagement
➡️Adequate public health capacity
➡️Adequate health system capacity
➡️Border controls

Nice work by @devisridhar et al
2/ This is in line w/@WHO's guidance pub Apr 2020

@WHO's criteria to consider before adjusting Public Health & Social Measures

👉COVID-19 transmission is controlled

👉Sufficient public health workforce & health system capacities are in place
3/ 👉Outbreak risks in high-vulnerability settings are

👉Preventive measures are established in workplaces

👉Manage the risk of exporting and importing cases from communities w/ high risks of transmission

👉Communities are fully engaged

@WHO has previously issued...
Read 4 tweets
19 Sep
1/"This virus is controllable" in the US - @CNN

#COVID19 in the 🇺🇸 can be “overturned," Dr @mvankerkhove, technical lead for the @WHO's coronavirus response, told @CNN’s @drsanjaygupta on Friday.

2/“I think it's important that we express concern when there's concern, but I do think it's also important to express some hope, because with this particular pandemic and this virus – this virus is controllable,” Van Kerkhove said.
3/ ...
Van Kerkhove said she knows there is frustration about how long it takes to defeat the virus, and that some places aren’t seeing case numbers go down – but that it is important to keep perspective that it can change.
Read 6 tweets
15 Sep
1/ See full press conference 👇 w/ @WHO @UNICEF & @UNESCO on the importance of reopening schools safely

There is no zero risk, but there are ways that we can bring kids back to school

Together we can control transmission =govts, communities, individuals all have a role to play
2/ See full @WHO @UNICEF @UNESCO #COVID19 School reopening guidance here:

3/ Within this guidance, we include important information on:

👉School readiness and capacity to implement and maintain COVID-19 prevention and control measures

👉Comprehensive, multi-layered measures to prevent introduction and spread of SARS-COV-2 in educational
Read 6 tweets
30 Aug
We also have tools that can save lives. Right now.

1) This starts w/ preventing as many #COVID19 cases as we can(see previous thread), especially among vulnerable pop & preventing outbreaks in long term living facilities


1/n @WHO
2) Providing early diagnosis & appropriate clinical care for all patients

by trained, protected, supported (& brave) health workers

while removing barriers for people to access care

3) Equip medical facilities to care for patients

👉Build/repurpose medical &/or community facilities for patients with different requirements
👉Provide PPE, O2, respiratory supplies
👉Teach safe care at home for mild patients w/out risk factors


Read 4 tweets
22 Aug
In the N hemisphere (& 🌍) it’s incredibly impt we use all available tools to ⬇️ transmission now

Especially impt as the new school year begins. Schools are part of communities where #COVID19 can be controlled

The hard work & sacrifices we make now will save lives

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