Nations heading in wrong direction with Covid-19: WHO


Geneva, Jul 14 (IANS): The coronavirus pandemic will get "worse and worse" if governments fail to take more decisive action, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned.

Director general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Monday said, "Too many countries [were] headed in the wrong direction", the BBC reported.

"Cases were rising where proven measures were not adopted or followed," he added.

The Americans are the current epicentre of the pandemic. The US has seen a rise in cases amid tensions between health experts and President Donald Trump.

The US, the worst affected country, has over 3.3 million confirmed cases and more than 135,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

At a briefing in Geneva on Monday, Tedros said "mixed messages from leaders" were undermining public trust in attempts to bring the pandemic under control.

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

Tedros said measures such as social distancing, hand washing, and wearing masks in appropriate situations needed to be taken seriously, warning that there would be "no return to the old normal for the foreseeable future".

"If the basics aren't followed, there is only one way this pandemic is going to go," Tedros said, adding: "It's going to get worse and worse and worse."

Dr Mike Ryan, the WHO's emergencies director, said the easing of some lockdown measures in the Americas and the opening up of some areas had led to "intense transmission".

Latin America has confirmed more than 145,000 coronavirus-related deaths, though the number is believed to be higher because of insufficient testing.

Half of the deaths were in Brazil, where President Jair Bolsonaro has opposed strict measures to curb the spread of the virus.

Ryan said closing down large regions would have huge economic consequences, but that local lockdowns in specific places might be necessary to mitigate the spread of the virus.

He urged governments to implement clear and "strong" strategies, adding: "Citizens have to understand, and it has to be easy for them to comply."

"We need to learn to live with this virus," Ryan said, warning that expectations that the virus could be eradicated, or that an effective vaccine could be ready, within months were "unrealistic".

He said it was not yet known whether recovering from the coronavirus would lead to immunity, or, if it did, how long that immunity would last.

A separate study released on Monday by scientists at King's College London suggested that immunity to the virus may be short-lived.

Scientists at the college studied 96 people to understand how the body naturally fights off the virus by making antibodies, and how long these last in the weeks and months after recovery.

However, while almost all of those who participated had detectable antibodies that could neutralise and stop coronavirus, levels began to wane over the three months of the study.

At the WHO briefing, health experts also said there was evidence to suggest that children under the age of 10 were only very mildly affected by Covid-19, while those over 10 seemed to suffer similar mild symptoms to young adults.

To what extent children can transmit the virus, while it appears to be low, remains unknown.

  

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  • John, Mangalore

    Tue, Jul 14 2020

    Part of timely article on WHO, CDC, left leaning democrats and communist chinese dated June 19th...

    "Rahm Emanuel, Barack Obama’s chief of staff, famously said, “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that is it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” The coronavirus outbreak was a bonanza for the radical left, an economic bioweapon unleashed by the communist Chinese designed to collapse Trump’s roaring economy. Political medicine from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the globalist-infested Center for Disease Control (CDC) has been deliberately exaggerating the threat of COVID19 to create panic and social chaos to destabilize the country in advance of the 2020 election.

    The stunning June 19, 2020 article by Patrick Wood in Technocracy News, “The Miserable Pseudo-Science Behind Face Masks, Social Distancing And Contact Tracing,” exposes the entire hoax. Wood begins, “Once upon a time, there was something called science. It included the discovery of the truth about nature . . . Then certain other scientists and engineers rose up and made a discovery of their own. If true science was ever-so-slightly skewed and engineering principles were applied to society at large, then they could indeed use their ‘knowledge’ to dominate and control other people, groups, entire societies, or even, heaven forbid the entire planet. The first group pursued science. The second group pursued pseudo-science.”...

    Ref: https://www.trevorloudon.com/2020/07/face-masks-the-radical-leftist-symbol-of-submission/

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  • Richard, India

    Tue, Jul 14 2020

    The need of the hour is to elect a real qualified unbiased head of WHO and get the credibility of WHO right. Until then everything that this man utters will be taken with a pinch of salt, or rather will be viewed as the propaganda of China.
    Thank God Donald Trump had the guts to expose this man and the organization he heads.

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  • Dev, Mangalore

    Tue, Jul 14 2020

    If background check on this man is done then one can see he has many skeletons in his closet, He had helped China invest in his country big. He is toeing the same line his unofficial mentor or master Gates wants him to .
    They want to create panic among US population until November Presidential elections come they can paint a bad picture about the incumbent President to help the contender who is in not so good position with his mental agility going down faster than his age to win.
    Finally an epidemic with less than influenza mortality rate is a bad virus to paint as an Pandemic in nature is getting exposed with every passing week, to cover up that false narrative they are airing these stats which are only half truths.

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  • myna, mysuru

    Tue, Jul 14 2020

    At least now Governments and their citizens should abide by the safety measures that arrest the spread of the virus. Otherwise, the earth will turn out to be a graveyard. Some world leaders heading Governments neither have common sense nor intelligence. The citizens of these countries are becoming victims of the pandemic.

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  • Steven Lewis, Udupi

    Tue, Jul 14 2020

    It’s commonsense that the virus -how it was exists first by natural or be an artificial. But still all the human being in this world still blaming each other’s and the whole curiosity in how virus exists first !!! The nonsense is that nobody wants to understand who it spread…….... modern people’s culture of living lifestyle …depend upon luxury life without support of nature….without multiple store culture … without hypermarket life style ……..jumbled wet market culture…….due to multi-investment…. FDI…..culture ….everyone forgetting their homes without natural hygiene …even now days so depended to use of refrigerator…washing machines……etc.…etc. Who cares global and health policies of nature?.... WHO is idiot...?

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Jul 14 2020

    WHO should not have asked India to do Thali Dance & Candle March ...

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Tue, Jul 14 2020

    Ghebreyesus , Ghabri beda!

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  • Sachidananda Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai

    Tue, Jul 14 2020

    Most of the time Donald Trump was behaving like cruel or dumb person... but some time he is 100% right too.... He was the first person who called this fellow was wrong.... Beyond doubt now it's proved once again for sure.

    Dr Tedros has all qualification to become Pakistani Leader

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  • Supreeth, Bangalore

    Tue, Jul 14 2020

    This Idiot never decleared that Covid 19 as a pandemic until March. He is a bloody stooge of China.
    Shameless fellow.

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  • Hussain, Abu Dhabi

    Tue, Jul 14 2020

    WHO knew this new virus was such a contagious disease but still announced as pandemic only in March when it had spread all over the globe...This virus could've been contained if WHO had declared pandemic in Dec end.....Now no use of your warnings..... No credibility left

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