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Ensuring the three Ts

  • Published at 08:00 pm April 26th, 2020
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If we lose control, then we lose any chance of opening up the nation any time soon

With plans to ease the lockdown and open up certain industries in the nation, it is of the utmost importance that we take such a decision with the highest understanding we can have regarding the situation at hand. 

As much as we would like to open up our economy and allow people to start working, we cannot do so while taking the current situation in Bangladesh lightly – we have over 4,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and more than 120 people who have died as a result. 

This means that, if we allow any sort of slip-up, without assessing the situation -- which in turn will require more information regarding the situation – it would be catastrophic for the nation, and the spread of the virus will become uncontrollable. 

In this regard, experts have suggested ensuring that we ensure the three Ts – tracing, testing, and treatment – before we take any decisions regarding the opening of the country to normalcy.

So far, what is worrying is that contact tracing, in addition to methods of quarantine and isolation, remains incomplete and far from ideal, leaving more questions than answers.

This sort of uncertainty is what we need to avoid in the upcoming weeks if we are to have any hope of safely opening up our industries to any semblance of pre-Covid-19 activity. 

The better we can conduct contact tracing, the better we will have an idea regarding potential spread patterns of the virus, and the more we can test and the better we can treat, the more confident we can feel overall about having the situation under control.

At the end of the day, that is what remains key: Control of the situation. If we lose control, then we lose any chance of opening up the nation any time soon.

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