Successful find-test-trace-isolate-support systems: how to win at snakes and ladders

Cross-Country Analysis


Successful find-test-trace-isolate-support systems: how to win at snakes and ladders

In order to ease lockdown restrictions and prevent a second wave of infections, countries must be able to find, test, trace, isolate and support new COVID-19 cases.

The simplicity of the ‘test, trace, isolate’ mantra dramatically understates the multitude of timedependent processes that must occur seamlessly for the strategy towork effectively. We reconceptualise the way out of lockdown as a Snakes and Ladders boardgame. To succeed, countries must ensure that people with COVID-19 progress through the board as quickly as possible by putting in place measures that enhance their public health capacity (i.e. landing on ladders) and prevent setbacks caused by having insufficient capacity (i.e. avoiding snakes). Full article here