China fends off COVID-19, shares knowhow

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Added On March 26, 2020

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China is capable of preventing an imported virus outbreak. A medical expert from China's top disease control and prevention center explains. 


"3 DEFENSE LINES" TO PREVENT IMPORTED VIRUS OUTBREAK

Wu Zunyou says China copes with imported risks with three defense lines.
First, at the customs, passengers arriving from abroad will have their temperatures and 40-day  travel records checked.

And then they'll be quarantined for 14 days to cover the virus' incubation period, the intervalbetween infection and the onset of symptoms.

Thirdly, people showing COVID-19 symptoms will be sent to designated hospitals with experienced medical staff for treatment. That's the third defense line. No imported case has been identified at the final line so far.
China reported 74 imported COVID-19 patients on Monday and 427 imported cases had been reported by the end of Monday.

CHINA SHARES KNOWHOW WITH OVER 100 COUNTRIES

Meanwhile, Wu said China has shared with more than 100 countries its experience in the prevention and control of the COVID-19 epidemic as the world witnesses a growing number of infected cases of the disease.

He noted that "China's epidemic control work mainly focuses on three aspects, tight control of the infection source, breaking the chain of transmission and protecting the susceptible population."

Timely detection, reporting, quarantine and medical treatment have contributed to effectively reducing the source of infection in China.

To cut off the transmission chain, the expert stressed the importance of wearing face masks, washing hands and ensuring ventilation.

Wu added that many countries have adopted such methods as the epidemic continues to spread worldwide.