The World Health Organisation’s emergency expert Mike Ryan has said that countries can’t simply lock down their societies to defeat coronavirus, He added that public health measures must be taken to avoid a resurgence of the virus later.
“What we really need to focus on is finding those who are sick, those who have the virus, and isolate them, find their contacts and isolate them,” Mike Ryan said in an interview on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show.
“The danger right now with the lockdowns … if we don’t put in place the strong public health measures now, when those movement restrictions and lockdowns are lifted, the danger is the disease will jump back up.”
Mike Ryan said that the examples of China, South Korea and Singapore, which coupled lockdowns with strict measures to test every possible suspect, provided a model for Europe, which the WHO has said has replaced Asia as the epicenter of the pandemic.
“Once we’ve suppressed the transmission, we have to go after the virus. We have to take the fight to the virus,” He added
He also said that various vaccines are in development, but only one had begun trials in the US . He was asked how long would it take before there was a vaccine available in Britain, he said that people needed to be realistic.
“We have to make sure that it’s absolutely safe… we are talking at least a year,” he said.
“The vaccines will come, but we need to get out and do what we need to do now.”