Lockdown measures to resume until effective COVID-19 vaccine is created – a second wave of the virus is possible to happen.
With the unending threat of the deadly virus COVID-19, more and more countries and cities around the globe declare a lockdown. And according to experts, lockdown will not be lifted until an effective COVID-19 vaccine is found.
Areas who wish to end the lockdown will have to closely monitor the place to avoid the spread of the virus. According to Hong Kong researchers, while China had already controlled the first wave of COVID-19, a danger of a second wave is possible to happen.
Professor Joseph T Wu from the University of Hong Kong said, “While these control measures appear to have reduced the number of infections to very low levels, without herd immunity against COVID-19 cases could easily resurge as businesses, factory operations, and schools gradually resume and increase social mixing, particularly given the increased risk of imported cases from overseas as COVID-19 continues to spread globally.”
While lockdown measures lower the curb in the spread of the COVID-19, many countries are still critical to the new coronavirus. As advised, staying at home is still the best way to cease the spread of COVID-19.
“Although control policies such as physical distancing and behavioural change are likely to be maintained for some time, proactively striking a balance between resuming economic activities and keeping the reproductive number below is likely to be the best strategy until effective vaccines become widely available,” added Wu.
The paper published in The Lancet medical journal is based on a modeling of the epidemic in China wherein it shows that the death rate in mainland China was lower than 1% than the 6% rate in Hubei province where the virus started. The result also varied based on the economic prosperity of each province and the availability of healthcare.
“Even the most prosperous and well-resourced megacities like Beijing and Shanghai, healthcare resources are finite, and services will struggle with a sudden increase in demand,” said Professor Gabriel M Leung, a senior author from the University of Hong Kong.
“Our findings highlight the importance of ensuring that local healthcare systems have adequate staffing and resources to minimise COVID-related deaths,” added Leung.
The COVID-19 pandemic infected over 1.5 million people worldwide and killed over 88,000. China has reported just over 82,000 cases and 3,337 deaths.
Researchers all over the world are working together to discover a vaccine against the pandemic COVID-19.