COVID-19: Countries Headed In The Wrong Direction, Warns WHO

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has notified the countries and the public in a briefing that the coronavirus pandemic will get worse in case the governments fail to educate and act decisively.

Dr. Tedros Adhanom, the Director-General said,

“Too many countries [were] headed in the wrong direction. Cases were rising, where proven measures were not adopted or followed.”

Dr. Tedros said that the leaders of states were giving mixed messages to their citizens that led to an ineffective communication of the controls for the pandemic. The public was not aware of the healthcare standards, and that undermined the trust. He added,

“The virus remains public enemy number one, but the actions of many governments and people do not reflect this.”

He said the measures of wearing masks, social distancing, and washing hands are to be taken seriously as he warned that the world should not expect old normal to return soon. He told the public that if the necessary and appropriate measures are not followed, the pandemic will get worse and will go on.

The emergency director of the WHO, Dr. Mike Ryan, also warned that the ease of lockdown and opening of areas in America had caused the surge of “intense transmissions” of coronavirus.

He acknowledged that the lockdown of large regions has a considerable effect on the economic condition of states, but to eliminate the local spread of coronavirus in specific places is necessary. Therefore he also urged the leaders of countries to provide strong and clear strategies for the people and added,

“Citizens have to understand, and it has to be easy for them to comply.”

Additionally, he said that people need to learn and live with coronavirus because it is unrealistic to assume or believe that an effective vaccine will be available in a month or so. Moreover, it is unclear how long a person would have antibodies for immunity against the virus after recovery.

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In Latin America, the confirmed cases of COVID-19 are 145,000; however, the numbers might not represent actual data due to insufficient testing.

The heart experts also said that evidence suggests the children below ten years have mild symptoms, and above ten years experience symptoms similar to young adults. Furthermore, it is unknown to the extent children can spread the coronavirus; it seems to have low rates.

Currently, the United States has reported the most number of infections due to the pandemic, with confirmed cases over 3.3 million and more than 135,000 deaths.

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