COVID-19 across Countries: Situation and Lessons for Pandemic control

  • Dhana Ratna Shakya BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan
  • Suraj Bahadur Thapa Division of Mental Health and Addiction, University of Oslo and Oslo University Hospital, Oslo
  • Sujit Kumar Kar King George’s Medical University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
  • Vinita Sharma College of Public Health and Health Professions and College of Medicine, University of Florida, FL
  • Naoki Uchida Higashi-ku, Fukuoka city
  • Miguel Reina Ortiz College of Public Health, University of South Florida, Tampa, Fl
  • Ghanashyam Chapagain Tablelands Mental Health Services, Hunter New England Local Health District; Adjunct Clinical Lecturer, University of Newcastle and New England University
  • Chandra Kumar Poudel Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee, Scotland
  • Pushpa Raj Bhattarai Department of General Surgery, Frere hospital, East London and Walter Sisulu University, Mthatha
Keywords: Corona, COVID-19, Situation, Lesson, continents, countries

Abstract

In the context of rapid worldwide spread of COVID-19 pandemic, many facts and issues are coming up. Some are general across borders while some others specific to particular context. We intend to review situation (condition, trend) and lessons (observations, and messages) from 9 different countries across the continents (in brief as contributed by respective authors). We have, here, the accounts and observations from Nepal, India, Japan (Asia); Norway and United Kingdom (Europe); United States of America (North America), Ecuador (South America), Australia and South Africa. General fact is that all need to maintain social distancing, adequate testing, aggressive contact tracing and treatment along with strategies to limit movements and crowds (e.g. lockdown). This pandemic has again shown that there is no border for disaster and pestilence. Borders are artificial. We all human being and whole world is a single unit. We have certain weaknesses, drawbacks and deficits as well as strengths that we need to understand and positively stand together in the battle against this pandemic.

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Author Biographies

Dhana Ratna Shakya, BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan

Professor of Psychiatry

Naoki Uchida, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka city

Director, Taro Clinic

Ghanashyam Chapagain, Tablelands Mental Health Services, Hunter New England Local Health District; Adjunct Clinical Lecturer, University of Newcastle and New England University

Clinical Director

Chandra Kumar Poudel, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee, Scotland

Consultant Physician and Geriatrician

Pushpa Raj Bhattarai, Department of General Surgery, Frere hospital, East London and Walter Sisulu University, Mthatha

Consultant General Surgeon

Published
2020-07-26
How to Cite
Shakya, D., Thapa, S., Kar, S., Sharma, V., Uchida, N., Ortiz, M., Chapagain, G., Poudel, C., & Bhattarai, P. (2020). COVID-19 across Countries: Situation and Lessons for Pandemic control. Journal of BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, 3(1), 9-27. https://doi.org/10.3126/jbpkihs.v3i1.30311
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Review Article