EAST AFRICA 24 APR 2020
The world must move in concert to defeat Covid-19. The virus is super contagious. Within a matter of weeks, the disease which first appeared in China was killing thousands in Italy, a country that is 5,000 miles away.
In January, there were only a handful of cases in the US.
That number has now surpassed 800,000. Across the globe, over two million people are now infected.
Quarantine, lockdowns, social distancing, expanding hospital capacity and capability and mass testing, must be strategies every country applies. If one country does not, then the efforts of the rest will come to naught.
As an analogy, if New York institutes these measures and other states do not, those efforts will be an exercise in futility.
It is worrisome, therefore, when Sweden and a few other countries decide to buck the trend in the rest of the world.
In Sweden people still mingle in the streets, bars and restaurants. Sweden’s strategy is based on the belief that the population will gradually build up immunity.
The assumption is that those who recover from infection are unlikely to get reinfected. The problem with that theory is that cases of reinfection are being reported in South Korea.