I agree with you all. The lessons that health care professionals are learning in this COVID 19 pandemic are very insightful.
The public health professionals must design their messages for the appropriate audiences. It is not “one size fits all case”.
Politicians and policy makers need to be informed in a manner that they understand how best prevention can help their mandate which may vary from economic growth to maintaining influence over their supporters.
Religious and community leaders who can influence their followers must be informed about the risks their congregations and followers are exposed to if they discard the physical distancing advice. For believers the best way to explain to them is to stress on the fact that, God helps those who help themselves.
We can practice prevention strategies to avoid getting infected and transmitting infection.
The highly contagious nature of COVID 19 and high morbidity and mortality rate should be included in the message. The transmission of infection from individuals who don’t have symptoms requires that we all stay cautious and safe, and exercise safe distancing, wear masks, gloves etc to prevent getting infected and transmitting infection to others.
Lastly but not the least as humans every one of us deserves to have access to basic necessities of life while practicing isolation or quarantine. It’s the responsibility of the governments and the administration to ensure that no-one dies of starvation or excesses (cops beating up poor homeless folks or internally displaced individuals) committed by the lockdown enforcing agencies.
Shabina Hussain, MBBS, DPH, MPH
HIFA profile: Shabina Hussain is an independent global health consultant and is based in the USA. Professional interests: Maternal & Child Health, Family Planning, Reproductive & Sexual Health, women's rights, survival of girl child, poverty eradication, Prevention of Infectious diseases. hussain.shabina AT gmail.com