Epidemiologists conduct online consultations
According to the Embassy of Uzbekistan in the United States, employees of the Agency for Sanitary and Epidemiological Wellbeing under the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Uzbekistan and experts from the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security conducted online consultations.
Views were exchanges on the issues of epidemiological surveillance, the methodology for maintaining the COVID-19 outbreak map in the world, predicting the spread of the virus and tracking infected people. The conditions and procedure for lifting quarantine measures, the effectiveness of the use of serological tests to determine the level of immunity and the results of research on development of vaccines were discussed.
Commenting on the prospects of resuming flights with a particular country, an American expert recommended, when assessing the spread of the virus at destinations, focus not on the absolute number of infected people, but on relative indicators per 100 thousand people.
According to estimates of the Johns Hopkins University expert Dr. Jennifer Nuzzo, the spread of the virus will continue until the required level of population immunity achieved through vaccination is achieved. In her opinion, there will probably be a break in the spread stage in summer, but there is no evidence that the behavior of COVID-19 will be similar to other respiratory viruses. It is necessary to take into account that a pandemic re-outbreak in autumn is possible and the necessary quarantine measures are taken.
The participants agreed to hold similar consultations on all issues of mutual interest.