Successful smallpox eradication: what can we learn to control COVID-19?

Journal of Travel Medicine
Volume 27, Issue 4, May 2020
https://academic.oup.com/jtm/issue/27/4

 

Editorial
Successful smallpox eradication: what can we learn to control COVID-19?
D L Heymann, MD, Profeseor, Annelies Wilder-Smith, MD, Professor
Journal of Travel Medicine, Volume 27, Issue 4, May 2020, taaa090, https://doi.org/10.1093/jtm/taaa090
The public health community needs to learn from history and needs to regain its ability to do shoe-leather public health. If we come together collectively and use the public health tools that we have at hand, we will be successful in containing COVID-19 despite geopolitical tensions, just as we were successful in eradicating smallpox despite the Cold War at the time.