"Staying home is crucial for prevention. But a lot of individuals and families are deeply affected economically by these measures. The government should put together a contingency plan to guarantee their safety and well-being," said Dr. Lilian Ghandour, Associate Professor at the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health of the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) at the American University of Beirut, in an interview on Sawt El Mada.
With the aim of spreading awareness and advising public on the implications and the trends of coronavirs' (COVID-19) spread in Lebanon, Dr. Ghandour talked about the correct way to interpret this data and whether it is right to make a comparison with other countries.
She highlighted social distancing as a crucial policy in fighting the virus adding that "the next two weeks are very important to understand how much were the measures taken by the government efficient in countering coronavirus in Lebanon."
Regarding the questions that have been raised on "herd immunity" and the role it could play in the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Ghandour stated that from an epidemiologist prespective "it's too early yet to talk about herd immunity in the case of COVID-19 in Lebanon."