Novel coronavirus (42) Response from the Japanese government (2) Healthcare information for the general public

23 February, 2020

Dear Hajime, [Hajime Takeuchi, Japan: ]

I agree to your suggestion on staying at home as we have seen previous outbreaks that have claimed lives of patient caregivers and persons visiting hospitals under poor infection control measures. I would suggest a slight modification in the guidelines, notification of the symptoms to a help line and house visit by health care staff will ensure that the disease in a way is contained and ensuring supplies and stress free environment will reduce the dynamic spread of disease.

Thank you

Karishma K Kurup

HIFA profile: Karishma Krishna Kurup is a medical doctor with DPH and currently an MPH student at National Institute of Epidemiology, Chennai, India. She is a member of the HIFA working group on Evidence-Informed Policy and Practice. doctorkarishma31 AT