Overwhelmed health systems, COVID-19, transparency and human rights - multiple issues to deal with in containment of the outbreak
The ideas expressed in the article "Are overwhelmed health systems an inevitable consequence of covid-19? Experiences from China, Thailand, and New York State" is very interesting.
A simple question is whether a situation in a setting is a good lesson learnt for another setting or not. In different settings, the local background (economic, social, ediucation, cultural, political, etc.) are different and these different contexts can have an impact on the success of public health management. To judge that there is an overwhelmed health systems or not is difficult. The different in infrastructure and economic status in different countries might result in different intensity of public health policies for management of COVID-19. Controlling of disease might be the main aim but rethinking about the harmony in management that conserves the culture, transparency, good governance and human rights is needed.
A simple question is usually raised when there is a too good or too bad disease control outcome from a setting during the worldwide outbreak . How to manage the problem should be mainly based on the conditon in that setting and there will not be an overwhelmed health systems as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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