In some countries, the COVID-19 pandemic seems to be under control despite certain spikes in infections in some regions or states. That is the case, for instance, of Spain and Australia. Lockdowns and other restrictions have ended and borders are starting to be reopened to international travelers. However, other countries such as the US, Mexico, Brazil, India and Iran are reporting rises in the number of coronavirus cases.
In a recent media briefing on COVID-19, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom highlighted the fact that a comprehensive approach is the fastest way out of the pandemic: “The fastest way out of this pandemic is to follow the science and do what we know works: the comprehensive approach”. In addition to this, Dr. Tedros remarked the fact that Italy and Spain, a few months ago, were the epicenter of the pandemic, but both countries eventually controlled the spread of COVID-19: “with a combination of leadership, humility, active participation by every member of society, and implementing a comprehensive approach. Both countries faced a daunting situation, but turned it around”.