WHO Chief: “Dangerous to assume” COVID-19 is nearing its end

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WHO Chief: “Dangerous to assume” COVID-19 is nearing its end

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Highlights 

  • The conditions remain idle for more coronavirus variants to emerge in the future. Thus, by no means anyone should think that Omicron would be the last COVID-19 variant.
  • WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has insinuated that the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic can end this year through measures and policies.
  • According to the Chief, the virus will be there in the foreseeable future thus the world population needs to learn to live with the virus.

The Omicron variant spread across countries almost at the speed of light and cases skyrocketed worldwide. However, as this variant is not as dangerous as Delta, people are now taking the pandemic lightly- but is this wise? Experts say No!

WHO Chief’s recent warnings

Earlier this week, World Health Organisation’s Chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus gave warnings that this is not the time to take the pandemic any lightly.

He strictly said that the pandemic is nowhere near its endgame. Thus, people shouldn’t take the virus lightly. If anything, the conditions remain idle for more coronavirus variants to emerge in the future. Thus, by no means anyone should think that Omicron would be the last COVID-19 variant.

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The silver lining

The WHO Chief did point out that the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic might be over this year. However, it will only happen if the economies follow the right guidelines and targets.

The Chief has urged the world population to collectively fight to battle the acute phase of the pandemic. So that the number of infections and deaths reduce worldwide.

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What can help us end COVID-19 as a global health emergency?

It is a great piece of news that we now stand at a point where we can plan and think about COVID-19 reaching an end as a global health emergency. However, to achieve so there are certain targets the world society needs to achieve.

The Chief emphasises on these targets. The first and foremost important aspect is to vaccinate at least 70% of the population of every country. Secondly, more focus should be given to people who are at the highest risk of the virus so that the number of deaths go down.

Additionally, to curb the transmission and the scale of spread of the upcoming variants, countries need to improve their testing and sequencing rates so that better tracking of the virus spread can be implemented.

According to the Chief, the virus will be there in the foreseeable future thus the world population needs to learn to live with the virus. However, it cannot mean that the virus shall remain as a global health emergency.

The death count needs to be curbed and for that the public health infrastructure around the world needs to be upgraded and integrated to help support emergencies.

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The WHO Chief has strictly urged that to save the planet from this global health emergency we need better funding for health organisations and emerging economies.

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