Coronavirus: deconfinement is not the end of Covid-19 WHO says

Published by My B., Laurent P. · Published on 21 April 2020 at 09h50 · Updated on 21 April 2020 at 11h29
WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreysus, who already alerted on a brutal deconfinement that could lead to a second coronavirus wave, sounds the alarm again and says this Monday: "We want to re-emphasize that easing restrictions is not the end of the epidemic in any country"

Recommendations that are good form to follow to get out of coronavirus. WHO – World Health Organization – director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has alerted this Friday April 10, 2020 on the dangers of lifting confinement measures prematurely. “I know that some countries are already planning the transition out of stay-at-home restrictions. WHO wants to see restrictions lifted as much as anyone” he added “At the same time, lifting restrictions too quickly could lead to a deadly resurgence.”

He continues: “The way down can be as dangerous as the way up if not managed properly” during a press conference in Geneva. How to lift confinement without having to go through a second epidemic wave? Once again, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus gives an answer explaining that six conditions should be fulfilled to enjoy a resurgence-free deconfinement.

Here are conditions: Control the transmission of the virus, minimize risk in “exposed environments” such as permanent health care facilities, making people accountable, ensuring the availability of public health and care without overload, implement prevention measures at work, in schools and other places of high frequentation and controlling the risk of imported cases.

WHO director added this Monday April 20, that eliminating the pandemic requires sustained efforts from all individuals, communities and governments to keep on erasing coronavirus. "So-called lockdowns can help to take the heat out of a country’s epidemic, but they cannot end it alone. Countries must now ensure they can detect, test, isolate and acre for every case, and trace very contact" he says.

Governments' priority should be on multiplying tests. The WHO gave a report on the effors made to identify and validate 5 diagnosis tests in collaboration with partnerships, the Foundation for Innovate New Diagnostics (FIND), and the Clinton Health Access Initiative. 30 million tests will be ordered these next 4 months and they will be sent starting next week to the supply chains of the UN set up recently.

According to the latest data, the percentage of the population infected, even in countries that reported the most cases and deaths, are not above 2 to 3%.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus concluded the press briefing by saluting health professionals from all around the world. "We don’t take your commitment and heroism for granted. Thank you for saving lives, and for putting your lives at risk" eh said.


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