The WHO confirmed that the disease caused by the corona virus is 10 times more deadly than the 2009 H1N1 swine flu pandemic. WHO also warned countries to lift the blockade too soon.
Covid-19 was 10 times more deadly than the swine flu (H1N1) strain that caused a worldwide pandemic in 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed on April 13, according to New York Daily News. .
The vaccine is the only way to really stop the virus from spreading, WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a press conference in Geneva.
As of April 14, more than 1.9 million people were infected with the corona virus and at least 118,000 people died from Covid-19, according to Johns Hopkins University.
“Information from several countries is giving us a clearer picture of the virus, how it works, how to prevent and treat it,” Tedros said. “We know that Covid-19 spread very fast and it caused 10 times more deaths than the 2009 pandemic flu.”
The 2009 swine flu pandemic caused 18,500 deaths. However, the actual number could be higher, from 151,700 to 575,400 people, AFP quoted The Lancet.
“We also know that viruses can spread more easily in crowded environments like nursing homes,” Tedros added. “We also know that early detection of suspected cases, testing, isolation, care for all cases and tracking of contacts is essential to preventing the spread of disease.”
Mr Tedros also pointed out that in some countries, the number of cases doubled every three to four days and that the epidemic increased very fast but “dropped a lot slower”.
“This means that epidemic control measures must be removed slowly and in a controlled manner,” Tedros said.
Mr. Tedros also warned that reopening the economy in the US and other countries could have dangerous consequences.