• Jun Park

As part of the world opens up : Is the timing right?

With complex problems, come complex solutions. As we battle the pandemic as a clear health epidemic, many developed countries have already experienced the worst. Yet, the development of the proper quarantine measures have had devastating consequences to the economy and livelihood of millions.

There was a point in my life when decisions could be made with a uni-variable analysis, but today that is a luxury we don't have. Today, we have to balance our lives with the demands of the "new normal", and not doing so has dangeorus consequences.

The world needs to change, and we need to change, but one thing is certain, there many circumstances where we can see that there are no precautions being taken. Without following the norms recommended to restart life, and with this almost cathartic need to go out, socialize, hug a friend, we can't forget, we are facing an enemy that doesn't know or care your reasons.

It is times like this where I remember that old saying :

"The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits."

Albert Einstein

With images like those, I only wonder, what are the expectations?

There is a level of disregard in the absolute sense of what a measured outing should have looked like.

According the WHO guidelines for countries to re-open these are the steps recommended:

"First, countries should confirm that transmission of the virus has been controlled. 

Second, they must ensure that health systems are capable of detecting, testing, isolating and treating every case of COVID-19, as well as tracing every contact. 

Third, they must make sure that outbreak risks are minimized, especially in such settings as health facilities and nursing homes. 

Fourth, countries must put in place preventive measures in workplaces, schools and other essential places.

Fifth, they must manage importation risks

sixth, they should fully educate, engage and empower communities to adjust to the “new norm” of everyday life. 

“Countries must strike a balance between measures that address the mortality caused by COVID-19, and by other diseases due to overwhelmed health systems, as well as the social economic impacts,”

Dr. Ghebreyesus. WHO Director General