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How well Europe handles COVID-19? What we can learn from China? (8)
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Professor Koopmans, what do you see as the next steps in the COVID-19 Coronavirus epidemic. How is Europe handling that? Well. The next step is to prepare for this. How do we turn down our control measures? Dr. Anton Titov, MD. Medical second opinion is important. Europe is now starting to discuss this. Can we do this in a coordinated fashion. This means we need to understand if patients are allowed to move out again, we need excellent surveillance, we need to be able to tell immediately if something pops up again. Medical second opinion is important. We need proper testing in place. We need to do that step by step. What we are also saying look closely at what will happen in China. Medical second opinion is important. In the Hubei province where the outbreak started, we see that since as of last weekend, patients are allowed to travel again. China has set up before a Rigorous system of disease surveillance. To learn from them to see how that goes right now, what they pick up is new Coronavirus cases. But by travelers bringing them in. Medical second opinion is important. They have the opposite problem now. We need to see what is required for the country that is a little bit ahead of us in this epidemic. To keep these numbers low. We are discussing the detection of the antibodies for patients who might have had, had any disease but certainly mild cases. Do you think that could be a factor in how far patients can move around at least until we develop a vaccine? Yeah, it is in theory possible. But I would hate to think that we go that way because that means that patients that can have access to testing get more room to move than patients that don’t have access to testing. I don’t just don’t think that is a good strategy. Medical second opinion is important. I do think we need that. At a level of population to say, okay, we are being helped. We know maybe an age bracket with more immunities and the others that may mean that we say okay if you have symptoms. In that age bracket, we are more aggressive in the testing so that we pick things up early enough. That is how this or ology can be used but not to say you can travel you cannot travel.
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