This is a fascinating interview with World Health Organization's Dr. Aylward who recently visited China. He's optimistic about replicating their rapid response:
"China’s counterattack can be replicated, Dr. Aylward said, but it will require speed, money, imagination and political courage."His take on whether or not to close schools:
Does that imply that closing schools is pointless?And on the cultural difference between the US and China:
No. That’s still a question mark. If a disease is dangerous, and you see clusters, you have to close schools. We know that causes problems, because as soon as you send kids home, half your work force has to stay home to take care of them. But you don’t take chances with children.
Isn’t all of this impossible in America?I've been reading all the Coronavirus things and this felt like hearing from someone who has seen the future.
Look, journalists are always saying: “Well, we can’t do this in our country.” There has to be a shift in mind-set to rapid response thinking. Are you just going to throw up your hands? There’s a real moral hazard in that, a judgment call on what you think of your vulnerable populations.
Ask yourself: Can you do the easy stuff? Can you isolate 100 patients? Can you trace 1,000 contacts? If you don’t, this will roar through a community.