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Detailed plans for different stages of coronavirus infection is vital: Doctor

By Zhang Zhihao | | Updated: 2020-03-16 22:35
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Du Bin, medical ICU director of the Peking Union Medical College Hospital, who is now a member of a national medical team in the hard-hit Chinese city of Wuhan, speaks at a press conference held by the State Council Information Office in Wuhan, central China's Hubei province, March 16, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

Social distancing, protecting health workers and having a detailed plan for different stages of the epidemic are vital for tackling COVID-19, frontline doctors said on Monday.

Du Bin, director of the intensive care unit at Peking Union Medical College Hospital, said the outbreak of COVID-19 in Wuhan, Central China's Hubei province, is coming to an end as all makeshift hospitals in the city had been closed and remaining patients were transferred to a few designated hospitals.

Du said there are many things the world can learn from China's experience, but one of the key lessons is prevention and containment efforts should be just as important as treatment, if not more.

The second lesson is "you must have a plan, because failure to prepare is preparing for failure," he said. "Even now in Wuhan, where there is fewer and fewer confirmed cases, we are still vigilant and preparing for future sporadic and imported cases."

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