WHO Update COVID-19

The vaccine may enable a low state of transmission of the virus and maintain a low level of new cases.


WHO Update COVID-19

Headquarter of the World Health Organization

WHO Update COVID-19, discussed by Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Some countries have been experiencing social and economic restrictions since the COVID-19 appearance. Therefore, some are debating when to lift these restrictions and when will be the appropriate time to get the economy work as before the pandemic stroke. Whatever the decision is, it has to be founded on human health and wellbeing.  The decision has to be guided on the pathology of the virus and our knowledge about its behavior.  Since the beginning of the pandemic, WHO has been focusing on the science behind the novel virus, and they have been taking all decisions accordingly.

Changing Strategies / WHO Update on COVID-19

Although the measures are constant, WHO is changing strategies according to the latest evidence. WHO has been acting on the foundation of what they already know, but there is still a lot to uncover about COVID-19.
The gathered evidence is from countries experiencing the pandemic. The information is related to the symptoms of the virus, mode of transmission, how long a case remains infectious, how to stop the exponential growth of the virus, and how to treat it.
Based on the information, WHO knows that the virus is deadly and 10 times as deadly as the flu pandemic in 2009. 

Early Diagnostic & Tracing / WHO Update COVID-19

Early case findings are crucial for taking the appropriate measures. Isolating and tracing the contacts of a case is essential for breaking the transmission of the novel virus.  All elements are essential to stop the spread of the virus. Some countries did not take the pandemic seriously; hence, they are doubling and tripling the number of new cases. People have to know the curve goes to the pic easily but flattening and decelerating it is much more difficult. Hence people and governments in affected countries must take seriously all measures.  The behavior of a pandemic requests a slow lifting of the measures in place and stringent control. 


Lifting the Control Measures / WHO Update COVID-19

Control measures could be lifted only in places where measures were in place. Lifting must include a significant capacity for contact tracing. While some countries are considering easing the restrictions, others are considering introducing more guidelines and measures. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that restrictions in countries with low income, might not be practical. He briefed his words with the hardship of surviving in poorer countries. In those countries, people’s existence depends on their daily wages. He added, in those countries, people are deprived of social assistance and are at risk of starving. Moreover, many migrants and refugees have been living in overcrowded conditions, scarce resources, limited access to health care services, no tailored and reliable decisions to reduce the transmission. Although school closures have declined cases among children, this decision has deprived poorer families of food assistance.
He concluded, distancing and all its forms, is one part of the pandemic equation, and still many other public health measures have to be put in place. The WHO is appealing to countries when introducing restrictions not to override human rights.

New Global Strategies of WHO – 14 April 2020 / WHO Update COVID-19

The goal of the new strategies is to succeed in all countries to slow the pandemic by reducing the transmission and mortality linked to COVID-19. The global strategic objectives are as follows:

  • Mobilize all sectors and communities to ensure that every sector of government and society takes ownership of and participates in the response and in preventing cases through hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette and individual‑level physical distancing.
  • Control sporadic cases and clusters and prevent community transmission by rapidly finding and isolating all cases, providing them with appropriate care, and tracing, quarantining, and supporting all contacts.
  • Suppress community transmission through context‑appropriate infection prevention and control measures, population-level physical distancing measures, and appropriate and proportionate restrictions on non‑essential domestic and international travel.
  • Reduce mortality by providing appropriate clinical care for those affected by COVID‑19, ensuring the continuity of essential health and social services, and protecting frontline workers and vulnerable populations.
  • Develop safe and effective vaccines and therapeutics that can be delivered at scale and that are accessible based on need. https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/global-research-on-novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov

Ultimate Goal – Vaccine

We have all to know that the glob is dealing with a novel virus. The risk of the new coronavirus resurgence is a reality. All countries must sustain control through measures and guidelines published by public health agencies. The ultimate goal of researchers and scientists is to develop and deliver a safe and effective vaccine. The vaccine may enable a low state of transmission of the virus and maintain a low level of new cases.
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