Written by Moh Yarmohammadian; PostDoc, Professor at IUMS & International Advisor, Contributor, WBIUS
3T; Three essential T (Testing, Tracing and Treating); Lessons learned from Coronavirus involved countries to consider for reopening
Most of public health experts believe that without mass 3T; Three essential T (testing, contact tracing, and treating), economy reopening plans could be disastrous. Besides 3T, which refer to three key requirements to fulfill public health in theses Coronadays, it is also strongly recommend that protecting all staff who involved in providing medical services and health care from testing to treating is a must. Staff without support and protection such as PPEs (Personal Protection Equipments) are at risk of infection or carrying and spreading the virus to people and it`s much more hazardous.
Reopening the nation will require a massive capacity to test, track and treat people for the ongoing threat of the coronavirus, in the waves of Pandemic Coronavirus attack.
Engelberg, Chen and Rotella made a discussion with frontline experts from around the globe and have extracted a list of recommendations for reopening the states. Despite some of them are controversial, but mostly these recommendations are among evidence based practices.
The interviews made with experts and frontline officials from Italy, Germany, Spain, Singapore, Taiwan and South Korea. While they differ on the details, their views formed a startlingly united consensus of what’s needed:
- “Massive, ongoing testing to detect where the disease is spreading,
- a real-time ability to trace contacts of those infected and isolate them,
- a willingness of people to wear masks in crowded public spaces,
- reserves of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other equipment for hospital workers to handle any surge in cases,
- and reliable, easily administered blood tests to find out the number of people who have been infected. If they work well, such tests could eventually be used to identify people with immunity who could work at higher-risk jobs”.
There are some lesson learned from involved countries which are successful to defeat and control the Coronavirus during its epidemic waves ;
1. Build an Army of Contact Tracers, 2. Be Prepared to Test Constantly, 3. Isolate People With Suspected Infections From Their Families, 4. Protect, Protect, Protect Health Care Workers, 5. Normal condition Is Not the Goal, 6. Keep Your Eyes Peeled for the Second Wave, 7. Clear Communication Is Critical,