Geneva [Switzerland]: World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday (local time) that the COVID-19, which emerged last year in China’s Wuhan, is 10 times more deadly than swine flu.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said information from many countries gives us a better image of this virus, how it works, how it can be prevented and how it can be handled. We know COVID-19 is spreading exponentially, and we know it is dangerous-10 times more dangerous than the flu pandemic of 2009.
He also recommended that regulatory mechanisms should be lifted gradually and with supervision. He warned it might not all happen at once. Security restrictions will only be removed if the right public safety initiatives, including the substantial capacity to monitor communications, are in place.
The WHO DG stressed that countries must strike a balance between interventions that resolve the mortality caused by COVID-19, and other diseases due to overloaded health systems, as well as the socio-economic impacts.
Since the pandemic has progressed, its public health and social effects have been significant, and have impacted the poor overwhelmingly. There is also a shortage of access to regular, basic health care for many communities.