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WHAT HAS THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC TAUGHT US ABOUT ADOPTING PREVENTIVE MEASURES?

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  • Adriana Cristina de Oliveira Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Escola de Enfermagem, Programa de Pós-graduação em Enfermagem. Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brasil https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4821-6068
  • Thabata Coaglio Lucas Universidade Federal dos Vales do Jequitinhonha e Mucuri, Departamento de Enfermagem, Programa de Pós-graduação em Ensino em Saúde. Diamantina, Minas Gerais, Brasil https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7850-8494
  • Robert Aldo Iquiapaza Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Faculdade de Ciências Econômicas, Departamento de Ciências Administrativas. Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brasil https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1657-2823

Keywords:

Coronavirus infections, Precaution, Personal protective equipment, Patient isolation, Pandemics, SARS Virus

Abstract

Objective: to analyze the COVID-19 pandemic and what we have (re)learned from the world experience of adopting prevention measures recommended by the World Health Organization as well as the epidemiological overview in the world, in Latin America and in Brazil.

Results: the World Health Organization has pointed out that the path to reduce the speed of circulation of the virus, control and decrease in the number of cases and deaths resulting from this pandemic can only be accomplished with mass adoption of fundamental measures that include hand hygiene, alcohol gel use, cough etiquette, cleaning surfaces, avoiding agglomerations and social distancing. The epidemiological curve of the disease clearly shows the devastating proportions in Italy, Spain and the United States, surpassing China in death records, due to the delay in adopting the aforementioned measures. In Brazil, the rapid progression in relation to the world and Latin America points to an important increase in the number of cases.

Conclusion: this is possibly the most serious pandemic in recent human history, and its course can be influenced by the rigor in adopting individual and collective behavioral measures.

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Posted

2020-04-28

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Health Sciences