Covid-19 is ‘too clever for us,’ WHO tells media — Analysis
Sky News has been told by a special representative of the global health organization that coronavirus changes rapidly and causes infections to rise.
Covid-19 cases are increasing again as the virus continues to evolve, an envoy from World Health Organization has stated.
“The reason why we’ve got an increase is it’s changed yet again, and it’s become too clever for us,” Dr. David Nabarro, special envoy on Covid-19 for the WHO, said on Thursday in an interview with the UK’s Sky News. “It can break past our immune defenses, and that’s why the numbers are going up.”
Nabarro explained that most people are not taking preventative measures against spreading Covid-19. For example, they have given up on wearing facial coverings. “My advice to everyone is please, this virus hasn’t gone away. It’s not killing so many people, but it is really unpleasant, especially if you get long Covid.”
Nabarro who exhorted people to “respect the virus,” made his comments two days after the WHO’s director called for governments around the world to bring back masking and social-distancing mandates. “The virus is running freely, and countries are not effectively managing the disease,”In a weekly briefing, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO chief, told journalists.
More than 5.7 million new Covid-19 infections were reported globally last week, up 6% from the previous week, but deaths remained down sharply from last year’s levels. Last week saw a drop of 82% in global Covid-19-related deaths to 9,800, compared with a year ago.
Nabarro also praised the Covid-19 vaccine’s success and encouraged people to continue to get their shots. However, chief White House medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci, who caught the virus last month, conceded in a Fox News interview on Tuesday that vaccines aren’t stopping Covid-19 from spreading.
“Even though vaccines, because of the high degree of transmissibility of this virus, don’t protect overly well, as it were, against infection, they protect quite well against severe disease leading to hospitalization and death,” Fauci said. He added that even though vaccines didn’t protect him against infection, he believes they helped prevent him from suffering severe symptoms.