“we will not – we cannot – go back to the way things were. Throughout history, outbreaks and pandemics have changed economies and societies. This one will be no different.”
GENEVA, Aug 22, 2020 (BNC Network): World Health Oganisation (WHO) Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus hopes that COVID-19 could be finished in two years.
The pandemic could be finished in two years “if we can pool our efforts,” Dr Tedors said addressing the global media.
Dr Tedros said a vaccine will be a vital tool, and we hope that we will have one as soon as possible. But there’s no guarantee that we will, and even if we do have a vaccine, it won’t end the pandemic on its own.
COVID-19 is a once-in-a-century health crisis, Dr Tedors said and pointed out: But it also gives us a once-in-a-century opportunity to shape the world our children will inherit – the word we want.
Globally, there are now more than 22 million reported cases of COVID-19, and 780,000 deaths. But it’s not just the numbers of cases and deaths that matter. In many countries, the number of patients who need hospitalization and advanced care remains high, putting huge pressure on health systems and affecting the provision of services for other health needs, he said.
Several countries around the world are now experiencing fresh outbreaks after a long period with little or no transmission. These countries are a cautionary tale for those that are now seeing a downward trend in cases.
Stating that progress does not mean victory, Dr Tedros went on to say that that most people remain susceptible to this virus. That’s why it’s vital that countries are able to quickly identify and prevent clusters, to prevent community transmission and the possibility of new restrictions.
WHO is committed to working with all countries to move into a new stage of opening their economies, societies, schools and businesses safely, he said. To do that, every single person must be involved. Every single person can make a difference. Every person, family, community and nation must make their own decisions, based on the level of risk where they live.
“That means every person and family has a responsibility to know the level of transmission locally, and to understand what they can do to protect themselves and others,” he said
“At the same time,” Dr Tedors said, “we will not – we cannot – go back to the way things were. Throughout history, outbreaks and pandemics have changed economies and societies. This one will be no different, he added.