On April 16, Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, MPA, ICAP’s global director, spoke on Al Jazeera English’s “Inside Story” about the conditions necessary for countries to start lifting their COVID-19 lockdown measures.
[Any] decision regarding loosening of any of these lockdown measures should be anchored in evidence, it should be anchored in data that are available for each of the countries, and even better for each of the communities that we’re talking about. For example, we need to have evidence that there’s a sustained decrease in the numbers of new infections, and by sustained I mean not just for one day or two days or three days, preferably we need to see that the sustained decrease for ten or fourteen days at a minimum. We need to see also a decrease in the numbers of deaths, and that also should be sustained. And we also need to make sure that we have the resources be able to continue to test people, to identify cases rapidly, and to be able to contain and isolate those cases and their contacts.