The head of the entity said that the population will adapt to a “new normal” in which it must be “better prepared” for future epidemics
The director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, asked the world on Wednesday to remain on alert for the Covid-19 pandemic despite the reduction of cases in some of the most affected countries in Europe , as “the virus will be with us for a long time “.
“In some countries the pandemic is in its preliminary phase, in others there are outbreaks … much remains to be done and the virus will be with us for a long time,” the Ethiopian warned at a press conference.
After stressing that the world is approaching 2.5 million cases and that it has already exceeded 160,000 deaths, The head of the WHO said that social distancing measures “have successfully halted infections in many countries, but the virus remains very dangerous.”.
Tedros indicated that one of the greatest risks in the current phase is “falling into complacency” and acknowledged that it is understandable that in many countries where the population has been confined for several weeks, people feel “frustrated”.
The epidemiologist affirmed that, even in the countries where the misunderstandings begin, things will not be the same as before, but that a “new normal” will be adopted in which it is expected that the population will be “better prepared” for future epidemics.
Further, He stressed that it was correct to decree the health emergency only on January 30, despite the criticism he received from Donald Trump for it. “In retrospect, I think we declared the emergency at its proper time,” he said, without entering into controversy with the President of the United States, who had denounced the WHO’s excessive benevolence with China, where the epidemic began.
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