The coronavirus-epidemic started in December in China, and by the beginning of March, the whole world reported the disease, which made it the first worldwide epidemic since the Spanish flu. Every country introduced restrictions and measurements to protect citizens and to stop the virus as soon as possible. Many now are talking about easing these restrictions, and soon the time will come when the cure for the virus is not ready yet, but people will be allowed to leave their homes.
Although not many countries reported that the spreading of the virus slowed down, some of them already started to plan how to ease governmental measurements and restrictions – reports Index. This step is incredibly risky and needs full attention and focus from the leaders of the states. What makes planning difficult is that every country is in a different situation regarding the number of infected people, the speed of the virus’s spreading and the measurements introduced.
We might not feel this, but social distancing is only a short-term solution for slowing down the disease. On the long term, the restrictions must be eased. The questions are: how and when?
If it happens too soon, the virus technically was not stopped, and all the efforts of world leaders and people would waste away. The second wave of the coronavirus is inevitable, but it is different if humanity waits for it prepared rather than unprepared. On the other hand, if the states delay the ease of the measurements, it would damage the economy and the mental health of people. Currently, thousands are suffering from the lack of personal contacts, depression, anxiety and fear because of the virus and easing the restrictions carefully might help a lot of people to regain their strength.
It would be an obvious step to stick to the restrictions until the vaccine and the cure is ready, but there are many uncertainties regarding them; it would be useless to build strategic steps on the medicine’s arrival.
Currently, there are three possible methods to ease the restrictions. The first one simply plays on waiting until the number of infected people daily decreases and then letting everybody else leaving the quarantine. From this moment, the state would have to use the strictest rules to determine the new infections with more tests immediately and to, possibly, take these people into quarantine again, if anything goes wrong, protecting those who are healthy.
According to the second one, states should keep the restrictions or even make them stricter and prepare healthcare institutions for the second wave providing them with even more doctors, equipment, masks, beds, medicines, and everything they need. Still, increasing the capacity of hospitals is not cheap, and this takes a lot of energy and money some states might not afford.
The third one would be to release the restrictions and to protect the elderly and chronic diseased people more effectively.
Which one and when will it happen? Nobody knows…
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That’s a good summary of the choices faced by governments.
I personally prefer option 3. Protect the vulnerable and get business moving again.
In my opinion the Hungarian government has acted in a much better way than other countries. It helps because Hungarians have (generally speaking) been sensible in their behaviour.
Excellent article by Gergely Kolba.
The numerous Layer Rollbacks that will be needed, instigated by our Government in Hungary, who have been exemplary, to return us back to a country operating and internally functioning that we where prior to this novel coronavirus pandemic, is Humungous.
The diligence and thoughtful processes that our Government, through Law, have introduced to our lifestyle, which where needed and rightful, the strip back – removal of these restrictions – there layers and type, from our present lifestyle, to move us back and onwards again is a Challenge.
The prioritization trustfully continues focused driven from a humanitarian base firstly, then economic, to ensure we are positioned to stabilize our country internally and its economy, that enables us to continue growth patterns and development broadly that have been evident over the past decade.
The layer removals – stripping back of restrictions and adjustments possible to isolation, marginally, these decisions are one’s that hold great responsibilities that will set in mould / die – cast – our immediate, short term and the future of our beloved Hungary.
Scientific Medical Evidence – as our Government is in no doubt applying in it’s measures and decisions focused on us there beloved citizens of Hungary, must dominate the decisions in the removing of layers needed in the restoring of wider lifestyle movement activities.
We must accept and understand – there is NO discovered vaccine – that has been discovered – to immune human bodies of this novel coronavirus.
The life-style changes, under law, imposed on us rightfully by our Government, until regrettable – sadly & unfortunately, they may in part(s) have to remain, driven by the Health & Safety firstly for our beloved Hungary, then secondly, for the economic/financial needed management that our country will undoubtedly require, currently, short term and the Future.
There maybe a second wave of this novel coronavirus pandemic.
I trust and pray there isn’t but preparedness will be much in the thinking processes that our Government, exercising strong and decisiveness decisions focused on us there people, they will have plans, that confidently prepare and equip us as a country if there was to be a second wave of this coronavirus.
Decisions driven from Medical Science – Facts.