Just a few months ago, the coronavirus epidemic in the USA was serious, but it was not such a different picture in Europe. Now, while challenging European countries like Italy, Britain, France and Spain once controlled their outbreaks, the situation in the US is still terrible.
In addition to the things that managed to reverse things from the affected countries, there is much to learn from those that are so fast and organized, apart from destroying the virus.
Here are some tips on how Americans from abroad can progress.
Partying like 1999
In South Korea, it reopened cases in May, re-opening nightclubs in the capital city of Seoul, celebrated with a virus-like response. The city soon had to close all the bars and clubs.
The difference is that South Korea has taken the virus very well under control and had such a well-lubricated test and monitoring system that officials can communicate with the most affected people and include the set of cases.
Plans to reopen have changed by state, but in general America has reopened much faster than affected countries in Europe. For example, in the UK, bars will reopen on Saturday, 15 weeks after they are ordered, and as the UK curve is clearly flattened. You can no longer say about the curve in the U.S. and the bars in many states have been open for a long time.
Therefore, continuing to visit closed spaces with large crowds this weekend will undoubtedly help prevent the spread of the virus. In many states, the crowd numbers are below 100, 50 or even 10, and some have re-forced bars.
Put on that mask
But the tide turns. Health professionals greatly agree that masks are useful, especially when a virus is common in communities. WHO and USA Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommend the use of masks in public places.
Many studies show that wearing facial coverings is effective, but these have not yet been evaluated by the referee, and there is no available data on how successful they were in this pandemic.
Outside Asia, Germany was one of the fastest countries to adopt mandatory masks across the country, but most of the world was still discussing its effectiveness. There are many reasons for Germany’s success in keeping the mortality low and slowing down its infections, but at least part of its success is due to the wearing of face coverings.
Even the most loyal fans, including Trump’s Vice President Mike Pence, are starting to wear face coverings. On Thursday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott ordered most people in the state to be masked in public, as state experience was one of the worst increases in the country’s number of infections. Other states, such as California, have also issued public service announcements that encourage people to wear them.
Test if you think you should
At the beginning of the outbreak, it was almost impossible to get tested in the U.S., unless you were hospitalized. While this has changed and obstacles, the tests are more accessible than before.
President Trump advocated the debate that the country should reduce the test to lower case numbers. WHO reiterated that testing is key to keep the virus under control. All of the places that received some of the most successful responses such as South Korea, Germany, Iceland, New Zealand and Australia were all highly tested.
CDC advice, if you have symptoms, you should call your healthcare provider and ask if the test is recommended. Even some asymptomatic people should be tested in some special cases.
In Florida cases, for example, the White House coronavirus coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx asked that all Floridians who attended mass meetings in the past four weeks be tested even if they did not show symptoms.
Quarantine when prompted (and sometimes even when you don’t)
Common tests go hand in hand with effective monitoring, tracking and quarantine systems.
The idea is that anyone who has recently contacted an infected person will be informed by the authorities and asked to be quarantined, usually for 14 days. This means that if you become infected, you probably won’t pass it on to anyone outside your home, even if you don’t have symptoms.
The United States as a whole, as in some other countries, including the UK, is having trouble finding sufficient contact trackers to build and operate an effective system. The CDC aimed to have 30 contact followers for every 100,000 people in the country.
This is especially true for eight states that are hot spots for Covid-19: Nevada (13), Florida (7), Arizona (5), Idaho (14), Texas (11), Tennessee (9), Georgia (2) and South. Carolina (8).
If your state has not yet established an effective contact tracking system, you cannot request a test if you suspect that you have contacted an infected person.
In the meantime, it may make sense to keep your plans for the Fourth of July modest and continue to apply social distance until the U.S. virus takes control.
CNN’s Jacqueline Howard and Natalie Croker contributed to this report.