WHO chief offers life or death holiday warning — Analysis
According to the World Health Organization, the head has cautioned that holidays gatherings may lead to a spike in Covid-19. He cited the Omicron variant which is rapidly spreading and suggested festivities be delayed or canceled.
Speaking during a briefing in Geneva on Monday, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said “difficult decisions”To be done “protect ourselves and others”warning about the spread of the virus to holiday planners.
“All of us are sick of this pandemic. We all want to be with our families and friends. All of us want to get back to normal,”He told reporters that he did this to help others. “that will mean canceling or delaying events.”
Cancelling an event can be better than cancelling a whole life. It’s better to cancel now and celebrate later than to celebrate now and grieve later.
While early data from South Africa indicates that Omicron – the latest Covid-19 ‘variant of concern’ designated by the WHO – could present milder symptoms than other strains, Tedros said there is “consistent evidence”The new mutation is spreading “significantly faster”Omicron might be less resistant than the Delta variation previously found.
The WHO’s chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan also told reporters that it would be “unwise”It is difficult to draw conclusions about South Africa’s more promising data. Tedros said that the variant may be less severe. “the sheer number of cases”The potential for a global health crisis could cause havoc in the systems of healthcare around the globe.
Despite those warnings, some WHO officials offered more optimism during Thursday’s briefing, with the agency’s top emergency expert Mike Ryan voicing hopes that Covid-19 would ultimately be rendered “a relatively mild disease”It is simple to avoid and treat this disease with new medications and vaccines. Abdi Mahamud (WHO expert) also pointed out that although there has been a reduction in antibodies following the Omicron spread, preliminary findings show that T-cell immunity has not diminished. “intact,”Addition “that is what we really require”Strong protection
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