[Global Insight] How should countries respond to COVID-19 pandemic?

[Global Insight] How should countries respond to COVID-19 pandemic?


Let’s begin an in-depth discussion with a
couple of opinion leaders from around the world. The global spread of the coronavirus was finally
declared a pandemic this week by the WHO, as over 120 countries grapple with cases. As the language shifts from epidemic to pandemic,
how should the world’s response change accordingly? To delve deeper,.. we have joining us today,
Dr. Stanley Perlman,… of who has been studying coronaviruses like COVID-19 for the last 38
years. We also have Dr. Benjamin Cowling from Hong
Kong University, an expert on the transmission patterns of respiratory diseases. The global death toll from the coronavirus
has surpassed 4,900, with more than 134,000 confirmed cases, Italy now has the highest
number of deaths outside mainland China. But compare it to countries like South Korea,
which has a higher number of infections, but a much lower percentage of deaths. Dr. Perlman, why are some countries reporting
much higher fatality rates? I’d like to hear from both of you on this
one. The WHO said the way it will deal with the
outbreak and the response from countries won’t be changing and the virus can still be controlled. We see some differences in how countries are
handling the outbreak. European countries are focusing on increasing
testing. In contrast to that, Japan has reportedly
tested fewer people and the U.S., has announced a travel ban on people coming in from Europe. Which approach do you think is right? Let’s start with Dr. Cowling. What about you, Dr. Perlman? Dr. Cowling, the number of additional daily
cases is getting lower in South Korea and China. Why do you think this is and will the downward
trend continue? How should public health systems adapt to
support the growing number of patients around the world? Dr. Perlman… experts’ focus so far has been
on containing the number of infections. But what could be the long-term health impact for those
who were severely affected? Before we go… Some experts say millions upon millions of
people across the world could be infected by the coronavirus before it starts waning. Some say it will come back wave after wave
as a seasonal virus. What’s your view? That’s all we have time for today. Thank you Dr. Stanley Perlman and Dr. Ben
Cowling from Iowa and Hong Kong.

7 Replies to “[Global Insight] How should countries respond to COVID-19 pandemic?

  1. I think stopping traveling slows the spread down to lessen the impact on the hospitals. But testing is important in finding it and quarantining the patients.

  2. IT IS A WORLDWIDE PLAGUE, SUPERNATURALLY SPREAD BY TMHGOD/CREATOR. IMPLEMENTED BY NATION, NOT BY CLASS OR SOCIAL STATUS. HE HAS RETURNED WITH A VENGEANCE!!!

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