‘Prepare for potential Coronavirus pandemic’ warns World Health Organization
The organization stresses that timely action can prevent the spread of the disease worldwide
World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adanom Ghebreyesus warns that the coronavirus epidemic has reached a crucial moment and that all countries need to prepare for a possible pandemic of this dangerous respiratory disease. According to the latest WHO data, 78,630 cases of COVID-19 infection have been recorded in China, including 2,747 deaths. Outside China, 3,474 people fell ill in 44 countries and 54 died.
New cases in China appear to be declining, WHO says, but disease is spreading rapidly around the world.
Over the past two days, the number of new cases in the rest of the world has been higher than in China. Seven new countries reported their first cases in the last day.
Ghebreyesus acknowledges this is a concern, but notes that the spread of the virus can be contained if the right measures are taken..
“If we act actively now, we can contain the spread of the coronavirus. You can make sure people don’t get sick. Lives can be saved. So my advice to these countries is to act quickly … Aggressive early action can prevent transmission of the disease before the virus takes hold. “, .
According to Gebreyesus, WHO advocates an integrated approach. The virus knows no borders, and countries need to take action to prevent the emergence of the disease on their territory. At the same time, it is necessary to prepare a plan for patient care and stopping the further spread of the virus..
“Every country needs to be ready to identify cases in a timely manner, isolate patients, track contacts, provide quality clinical care, prevent outbreaks in hospitals and the spread of disease in society,” he emphasizes..
According to the head of WHO, the Covid-19 virus may turn into a pandemic, but there is still time to prevent this. The organization provides countries with the tools they need to prevent this from happening, including sending out test kits, educating health workers through online courses, and talking about how to prevent, detect and treat disease.
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