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WHO updates on the Coronavirus

by Jacob Siegel

Many places continue to see coronavirus cases rising as states acted to quickly reopening their businesses.

The WHO recently had a press conference regarding the Coronavirus, giving their account as to what they think is going to happen with regards to the near term future and what nations around the world need to do to fight the Coronavirus among the long term future.

The WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, whom six months ago called the situation in Wuhan, a “once-in-a-Century” pandemic, has stated that the pandemic is accelerating. More than 12 million worldwide have been infected and over 500k have died, noting that half of those cases have been in the Americas.

Tedros has directed the WHO to create the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and response to analyze how countries and even the WHO are doing with regards to the pandemic. According to CNBC, it will be co-chaired by former prime minister of New Zealand Helen Clark and former president of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Tedros reminds us that while the pandemic may be contained in some parts of the world, it is not contained in other. He also urges nations to look elsewhere to try to figure out best practices, there may be some lessons to be learned. These statements by the WHO come after Trump’s threat to leave the WHO and his many statements denying their credibility.

“I cannot imagine two more strong-minded, independent leaders to help guide us through this critical learning process,”

It is important to remind people that while they have a position of authority, in May they told people that they didn’t need to wear masks only if they are a health care worker, contradicting the guidance of the CDC and that, combined with their odd comments showing support for China has led Trump to announce what some see as his abrupt withdrawal of funding and of support.

Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO’s emergencies program recent weeks, shouldn’t ‘be a surprise’ stated that while the number of deaths have fallen from the peak in April, the number of Coronavirus has been rising rapidly.

He said he would not be surprised if there were more deaths given that there usually is a “lag” for them. Ryan said that Latin America “doesn’t look good” and that he was “concerned” about North America. He also acknowledged that testing has given rise to better treatment like dexamethasone, which the WHO seems to acknowledge as one of the treatments for the Coronavirus that has an impact in mortality rates. In Europe they have gotten the coronavirus under control while in North America, they are still struggling with it. Some countries have outbreaks in nursing homes and may need to update their death count.

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