11 extreme measures China took to contain the coronavirus show the rest of the world is unprepared for COVID-19
- In China, where the novel coronavirus originated, cases of COVID-19 have steadily declined since peaking in mid-February.
- But other countries shouldn't expect their rates of infection to decline as quickly since China took some extreme measures to contain the virus that other countries haven't, shouldn't, or won't.
- Here are some of those measures, including hospitals built in days, not weeks, rapid testing protocols, and technology that attempted to trace all 80,000-plus cases.
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The novel coronavirus is slowing down across China, just as the pandemic accelerates rapidly elsewhere around the world. On Sunday, there were just 27 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the country where the disease originated, in the city of Wuhan, last year, while elsewhere around the world, 10,955 new cases were diagnosed.A recent multilateral mission to China by health authorities from around the globe has revealed the rest of the world "is simply not ready" to tackle the coronavirus with the speed and seriousness that China has, as the World Health Organization's Dr. Bruce Aylward, who led the international team of 25 health experts, told reporters upon his return.
At the same time, professors, journalists and doctors in China have been silenced and disappeared, after they've shared vital information about the coronavirus outbreak - without the consent of the Chinese government.Here are 11 of the dramatic - and draconian - disease-fighting tools that China has used to end the spread of the new coronavirus.
Trains didn't stop at the disease's epicenter, Wuhan.
People who thought they might have the coronavirus could go to one of the nation's many fever clinics.Advertisement
Coronavirus testing was easily accessible and free.
China built new hospitals in a rush, with workers toiling night and day to get them done.Advertisement
China walled off entire hospital wards to contain the virus.
The country implemented large-scale contact tracing in the early 2000s.Advertisement
China used technology that aims to trace every single COVID-19 case.
The country postponed non-urgent medical care, and moved many doctor's visits online. Not all patients were given the critical care they needed during the outbreak, though.Advertisement
While staying home, it's been relatively easy for Chinese people to get extra food and supplies.
People quickly shifted jobs in order to assist during the outbreak.Advertisement
Chinese citizens did their part to curb the disease's trajectory on an individual level, too, though we may never know the true scale of their complaints or sacrifices in this outbreak.
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