The coronavirus is still far from becoming a local disease and could cause major epidemics around the world, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Michael Ryan, the WHO’s director of emergency affairs, said on Thursday (April 14th) that “it is wrong to think that the problem will end once the coronavirus is localized.”
“I certainly don’t believe we’ve come close to a local situation with this virus,” Ryan said in a live Q&A session on WHO’s social media channels.
“It is not fixed in any seasonal pattern or infection pattern and is still in a very dynamic position which could lead to a massive epidemic,” he said.
Although millions of people still die each year from tuberculosis and malaria, he described it as a local disease, saying “covid-19 is not yet a local disease.”
“Never mind that ‘endemic’ means that the epidemic is over, that it is light or that it is not a problem. That is not the case at all, “he said.
Maria Van Kerkhov, WHO’s head of Kovid-19 technology, who herself was infected with the coronavirus, said the virus had spread at a high level, causing massive deaths and destruction.
“We are still in the midst of this epidemic. We all want that not to happen. But we are not at the local level yet, ”he said.
Ryan explains that often epidemics focus on a specific part of the population and eventually end up in a local pattern.
“Every epidemic can turn into a baby disease, like measles or diphtheria, because babies are very sensitive after birth,” he said. But if vaccination rates drop, as in the case of measles, the epidemic could spread again. ”
Last week saw a record number of deaths since the first day of the epidemic.
Even then, more than 20,000 deaths are reported daily, which, according to Ryan, is “much more. We should be happy but not satisfied with the reduction in mortality. ”