The message from officials and the leadership is: we cannot afford to be complacent, and the effort must continue with the help of the community. The National Disinfection Campaign to contain the spread of the coronavirus was a resounding success, but Dubai is not taking its foot off the pedal in the war against the disease. It has intensified awareness campaigns and testing in workers’ accommodations to ensure there are zero Covid-19 cases. There is a sense of urgency in the way the country has tackled the health threat, and the fall in new cases and the rise in recoveries is an indication that its strategy at containment has been effective. The message from officials and the leadership is: we cannot afford to be complacent, and the effort must continue with the help of the community. The authorities have done their part and continue to monitor the situation with all the resources at their command. It is now left to the individual to take the battle forward.
The UAE’s health system has been resilient and up to the task, working seamlessly with all stakeholders. Quarantine has been a pleasant experience for patients, and the health community in the country has worked assiduously to lift the stigma and fear associated with the disease. Covid-19 will be with us for a while but society has a role to play to keep it at bay and prevent a second wave until a cure or a vaccine is found. Herd immunity could also set in by then, but it is important for people to not let their guard down until a vaccine is found. The drop in the number of cases ties in with the phased opening of businesses in the country. It is a healthy trend that should be maintained to revive lives and livelihoods.