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Table 1 The Pandemic Playbook I: leaders must act decisively and early, informed by science

From: COVID-19 update: the first 6 months of the pandemic

The Pandemic Playbook I: leaders must act decisively and early, informed by science
Close borders as quickly as possible
Isolate incoming travellers in supervised quarantine
Require physical distancing
Encourage good hygiene, e.g. frequent hand washing, use of alcohol hand sanitizers as an alternative, cough etiquette like coughing and sneezing into a disposable tissue etc., as warranted
Test quickly, rigorously and widely
Deliver test results as quickly as possible, ideally in 24–48 h, to advise affected individuals, contacts etc. in a timely fashion
Contact trace every case and require close contacts to self-isolate (or quarantine if advisable)
Take care of the most vulnerable, e.g. in aged care by restricting access
Limit gatherings, to 10 or the like, as the situation dictates
Consider limiting transportation, domestic borders etc.
Communicate clearly, age-appropriately and addressing ethnic and other minority groups appropriately
Prepare (and possibly expand) hospital facilities, incl. beds, ICUs, staffing for a possible onslaught of severely affected patients
Be prepared for the unexpected