Getting rid of #COVID19 - the 3 crystal clear conclusions of NZ's Prof Michael Baker. They dispense with abstract notions like 'balance' and 'unknowns' and speak to the centrality of public health action in face of a deadly virus.
Speaking at a British Medical Journal webinar Michael Baker laid out the learning from the experience of #COVID19 in the far East, NZ and Australia. Public health and economic objectives coincide, not compete.
Countries across the world can successfully eliminate the virus. If they want to and have the resources.
Finally, there is no need to wait for the exploration of interesting questions about the threat. Elimination should be the initial strategic response.
The previous three key learning points summarise the strategy that these islands should have been pursuing from the start - it's not too late to learn.
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