Rossiya Segodnya to Publish China's Guide on How to Fight COVID-19 in Russian

Sputnik, 24.03.2020

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The peak of the epidemic in China is already over, with only few new cases being reported daily, although the coronavirus keeps spreading across the world.

The Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency, with the support of the Russian Direct Investment Fund and scientific advice from I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University, will publish the Russian language version of the first scientific guide on the fight against the coronavirus, which was written by Chinese doctors based on their clinical experience, Dmitry Kiselev, the Rossiya Segodnya director general, said.

"The Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency has launched this project with the full awareness that we are competing with COVID-19 in terms of speed — the speed of our learning of new knowledge, the speed of self-organisation and the speed of our response to new, suddenly emerging challenges. The speed in recognising the unprecedented scale of the epidemiological problem is also important now, at least for our generation. And now, we are up. Let everyone do what they can. This is the only way to win. It is not the time for Russia's nonchalance", Kiselev said.

He described China's guide as "victorious."

"One should be able to recognise facts: China has defeated the coronavirus and was the first in the world to stop its spread", he added.

The Russian version of the book, titled "Handbook of COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment," has already been translated, typeset and put into print. It will be released on Wednesday.

The 90-page book edited by the chairman of the First Affiliated Hospital, Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Professor Tingbo Liang, was quickly rendered into Russian by Rossiya Segodnya’s translation team. I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University’s researchers and its rector acted as scientific consultants.

Kiselev also thanked the RDIF for its quick response and assistance in publishing the handbook.

"Prompt study of these practices and their implementation will help boost the effectiveness of measures currently being taken in Russia. In this regard, the experience of China’s leading clinic that found itself at the forefront of the fight against the new virus and worked out its own approaches is truly priceless", RDIF CEO Kirill Dmitriev stated.

In the editor’s note to the book, professor Liang described cooperation as "the best remedy" in the face of an unknown virus. He also thanked "all those who have contributed to this handbook, sharing the invaluable experience with healthcare colleagues around the world while saving the lives of patients."

The handbook’s Russian version has a print run of 10,000 copies and will be distributed free of charge.