Dr. David Nabarro, World Health Organization special envoy on COVID, is arguing for the middle way to have robust defenses against the virus without using lockdowns as the primary control method. Nabarro says “The only time we believe a lockdown is justified is to buy you time to reorganize, regroup, rebalance your resources, protect your health workers who are exhausted, but by and large, we’d rather not do it.”
Nabarro says lockdowns make poor people an awful lot poorer. World poverty could double by next year and child malnutrition could double. The poverty and malnutrition impacts are from the broad lockdowns.
The alternatives are to work but to minimize physical interactions within 6 feet, mass mask-wearing, face shields, automation for more effective contact tracing, more testing, improved hand cleaning and other improvements for keeping the air and surfaces cleaner.
Nextbigfuture has been working with some innovators on COVID. A startup called, Wewryst, has a wearable hand dispenser for hand cleaning. This is an incremental improvement to make it easier for higher frequency hand cleaning.
At 34 minutes of the Spectator interview, Nabarro talks about a local integrated response. People can reduce the risk by working with senior homes, churches, factories and prisons.
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