COVID-19 from response to recovery: a Rx for success

April 22, 2020

The current COVID-19 pandemic has caused global disruption on many levels affecting not only health care, but also economies and educational institutions.

In an article titled "Public Health and COVID-19: From Response to Recovery" Dr. Jim James proposes some solutions which could minimize the socio-economic devastation and, at the same time, optimize the medical response.

According to Dr. James "Since early January the world has been transfixed with COVID-19 and the response to it. Guided by predictive models, produced without knowing key parameters, generating worst-case estimates we have created a global pandemic of fear. Governmental responses have led to the imposition of extreme interventions that have resulted in severe socio-economic damage the results of which will negatively impact Public Health outcomes now and in the future. This is especially true with the imposition of full lock downs as opposed to the use of targeted, risk-adjusted interventions with far less damage to the economic infrastructure. Additionally, a review of global nation-level data shows equal or better COVID-19 outcomes for those using partial as opposed to full lock-downs."
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