COVID-19 Strategy Update
In February 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched a Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan (SPRP) for addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. Much has changed. In a matter of months, over 1.7 million people around the world have been infected and the virus has claimed close to 85,000 lives.
This strategy update captures WHO’s learnings over a period of three months, and is based on the pool of accumulated evidence on how COVID-19 spreads, the severity of disease it causes, treatment options, and how to stop it. It is being used to guide the national and subnational public health response to COVID-19 and includes practical guidance on strategic action suited to the local context.
- Lives have been profoundly changed, economies have fallen into recession, and many of the traditional social, economic, and public health safety nets that many people rely on in times of hardship have been put under unprecedented strain.
- Crude mortality rate varies substantially by country depending on the populations affected.
- The crude clinical case fatality is currently over 3%, increasing with age and rising to approximately 15% or higher in patients over 80 years of age.
- To accurately diagnose and effectively isolate and care for all cases of COVID-19 including cases with mild or moderate disease (in health setting or home setting, depending on the context and degree of illness).
- Countries must do everything they can to stop cases from becoming clusters and clusters from becoming explosive outbreaks. They must put in place the capacities for testing and diagnosis, isolation, contact tracing and quarantine; they must engage everyone in the response.
- A renewed focus on large-scale public health capacities must be implemented with urgency. Speed, scale, and equity must be guiding principles.
- ABOUT THIS DOCUMENT
- CURRENT SITUATION AND KEY INSIGHTS
- GLOBAL STRATEGY TO RESPOND TO COVID-19
- NATIONAL STRATEGIES TO RESPOND TO COVID-19
- INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY’S RESPONSE TO COVID-19
This document was originally published on the WHO website.