Dr. Stephanie Pham, a professor at the Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences (SICS) in Singapore, said that Singapore would need to start slowly, acknowledging that we still "have many more unknowns" as the virus continues to evolve. Therapeutic options would first focus on the elderly and those with underlying conditions, like heart disease or diabetes, she said. The US, meanwhile, is beginning to restrict travel from the hardest-hit places, and people in the United States will likely become more isolated as they restrict their movements.
Thousands of people have been confirmed as deaths globally, with Italy, Spain and the United States, all in Europe, marking the largest numbers of fatalities. The number of people who may have contracted coronaviruses but survived the infection has been controversy, following a case study of a man who was infected in China who recovered. Researchers say they need more studies to get to the bottom of why so many people are surviving the virus and for more patients to be treated.
As US President Donald Trump said on March 17 that he would keep up the social-distancing measures, which include closing schools, businesses and restaurants, across the country "for some time to come", the virus has spread widely, infecting more than 1.5 million people, resulting in at least 169,000 deaths.
The Swiss government has been closing borders in affected areas. Some towns in that country are already pretty empty. The Swiss are known to be cautious about isolation. The US state of Washington is the largest public county in the US by area. Hundreds of schools in the state are closed, along with other businesses. NHL hockey games will be played behind closed doors this season. d2c66b5586