Solidarity and Leadership Required to Suppress COVID-19

The keys to reducing the global toll of the pandemic are known. Find, treat, isolate and contact trace every case of COVID-19. And while testing, treatment and tracing are under way - wear masks, maintain physical distance and wash hands as much as possible. "Every single leader, every single government and every single person can do their bit to break chains of transmission and end the collective suffering," said World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus this week. "If the basics aren't followed, there is only one way this pandemic is going to go.It's going to get worse and worse and worse." But compassionate leadership at every level can prevent that tragedy.

Solidarity and local engagement ended the 10th Ebola outbreak in DR Congo in mid-2020. Congolese health officials and the World Health Organization incorporated traditional healers in community education and protective measures.

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