Living with the COVID-19 pandemic: act now with the tools we have
The responses of countries to the COVID-19 pandemic have been disparate. Many countries are reopening workplaces, schools, and social gatherings and striving to adapt their economies and resume international travel. Other countries are attempting to suppress transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) by again restricting businesses, industries, and schools while hoping for future COVID-19 vaccines or treatments. The Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for Infectious Hazards (STAG-IH), the independent advisory group to the WHO Health Emergencies Programme, has reviewed information from countries around the world and has concluded that the most sound approach on the basis of current understanding is to deploy long-term strategies with a focus on preventing amplification of transmission, protecting those most at risk of severe illness, and supporting research to better understand the virus, the disease, and people’s responses to them.