Covid-19 has shaken the world, with more than 2.5 million deaths and 115 million cases confirmed. BBC Panorama’s Jane Corbin has scoured the globe to find the best examples of strategies for combating the virus.
I have reported on Covid for the past year – now my mission was to find out from global leaders and senior health officials across four continents what their priorities were in tackling the virus.
What has emerged strongly for me are four key areas which have been most effective in containing the spread of the virus and preventing deaths.
- Early and effective action to control borders and monitoring of arrivals
- Testing, tracking and tracing everyone suspected of being infected
- Welfare support for those in quarantine to contain the virus
- Effective leadership and consistent and timely public messaging
No-one can claim to have got everything right. But the steps listed below highlight some policies from around the world that have proved effective. Piece them together and you have the blueprint for a “pandemic playbook” – a manual for managing future infectious disease outbreaks.