Following China, where the number of COVID-19 cases is as high as 80,967, Italy follows China, with 41,065 people tested positive. The US stringed along, declaring a nationwide outbreak. It was time to look back and see how the other countries dealt with it, or rather, slow the spread of the virus.
A small town in Italy, Vò, reported that no new case of COVID-19 and also that the spread of the virus has completely stopped there since Friday. This town took extensive measures to contain the virus from spreading. Just when the spread escalated, Vò took to an experiment. They took extensive measures to contain the virus by testing all the residents. They also followed all quarantine measures. This stratagem was adopted during late February when coronavirus hit North Italy.
Andrea Crisanti, an infection expert from Imperial College London, was also a part of the conducting of this experiment. “In the UK, there are a whole lot of infections that are completely ignored,” Crisanti told the Financial Times. “We were able to contain the outbreak here because we identified and eliminated the ‘submerged’ infections and isolated them. That is what makes the difference.” A thorough preventive action was taken by isolating the ones who were tested positive. The people who were in recent contact with the affected were also kept in isolation. Among those who were tested positive, many were asymptomatic. The major mistake the other counties made was not to test the people who were asymptomatic. After ten days, the people of Vò were tested again, and it was realized that only 0.3 percent of the population of 3,300 were still affected by the virus.
“It is clear that you cannot test all Italians — but you can test people close to those who are asymptomatic,” Crisanti told Sky News. “We must use asymptomatic cases as an alarm bell to widen our action.” Crisanti also warned Sky News that “for every patient that shows symptoms for COVID-19, there were about ten who don’t.” The numbers affected all around the globe are on the decrease.
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