On Monday the World Health Organization said “the worst is yet to come” in the fight against the novel coronavirus, and that “the pandemic is actually speeding up.”
There’s already a playbook for what works well to stop the virus, but not everyone is using it, the WHO said.
The multi-pronged strategy includes widespread testing, tracing, and continued vigilance with social distancing when new clusters of cases emerge.
“Every politician needs to look in the mirror and say, ‘am I doing enough to stop this virus?'” the WHO’s executive director of health emergencies said.
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It’s been six months since the World Health Organization officially declared the coronavirus a global health emergency, but on Monday the WHO warned the world to prepare for a “long haul” ahead.
“The worst is yet to come,” WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on a call with reporters from Geneva. “I’m sorry to say that. But, with this kind of environment and condition, we fear the worst.”
The WHO stressed repeatedly on the call that not all countries are combatting the new virus with the same levels of success, or vigilance. With more than half of the 10 million coronavirus cases to date and almost half of the 500,000 deaths worldwide centered in the Americas, there’s a lot more that both governments and individuals in overburdened countries like the US and Brazil could be doing to stop this virus.
“We all want this to be over, we all want to get on with our lives, but the hard reality is this is not even close to being over,” Tedros said. “Although many countries have made some progress, globally, the pandemic is actually speeding up.”
Without naming any names, Tedros chided many countries for not doing more to stop the …read more
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