Is Covid only a drop in the ocean of pandemics? Basically, this is what the World Health Organization said this Monday December 28, 2020 explaining one shall expect far worst in the decades to come. “This is a wake-up call” WHO emergencies chief Michael Ryan told during a press brief.
He goes on: “this pandemic has been very severe” also explaining Covid has “spread around the world extremely quickly and it has affected every corner of this planet” but this “is not necessarily the big one”. Even though coronavirus is “very transmissible, and it kills people […] its current case fatality (rate) is reasonably low in comparison to other emerging diseases” he adds.
Emerging diseases that broke out because of many factors such as deforestation, making virus-carrying animal species to get closer to men and spread viruses, or even global warming that led viruses to develop in regions of the world where they were not expected to break out.
As for WHO senior advisor Bruce Aylward, he is not more optimistic saying that “while the world had made huge scientific progress to address the coronavirus crisis, including developing vaccines at record speed, it remained far from prepared to ward off future pandemics”. A not so bright future lies ahead.