On February 24, the total number of corona virus infections in Korea reached 833 cases. The country is home to the highest number of new virus positive cases outside of mainland China.
The situation of Covid-19 taking place outside of China is increasingly complicated, with many countries reporting a spike in the number of infections. Typically, Korea, Japan, Iran and Italy. However, the WHO says Covid-19 is likely to be a pandemic but not currently.
Response should be tailored to each case
According to Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization, the decision to use the word “pandemic” for any disease must be based on continuous assessments of the geographical spread of the virus, the extent to which serious and its impact on society. Based on what the corona virus is now, the WHO representative said they “did not witness the global spread of the virus,” CNN reported.
He adds that corona virus is affecting countries around the world in different ways. It requires us to have appropriate responses to each place rather than a workaround, a response to the global.
Mike Ryan, Executive Director of the World Health Organization’s Emergency Program for Health, said on February 24 it was too early to declare coronary pneumonia as a pandemic – but now is the time. prepare.
“Looking at what happened in China, we have seen a significant drop in the number of cases, the number of people infected and the pressure of the virus causing a continuous decrease, contrary to the logic of the pandemic. However, we see the opposite of the increase in infections in other places like Korea. Therefore, humanity is still in a balanced position, ”Mike said.
The WHO representative added: “We are currently in the midst of preparing for a potential pandemic,” and he emphasized that countries around the world should be well prepared to prevent the Covid-19 epidemic.
Recently, WHO has not declared Covid-19 a pandemic and the most devastating consequences, including more than 2,400 deaths, are still in China. However, statements from this organization still cause many people to worry that the situation of disease control of countries is becoming more and more difficult.
“The window of opportunity is still there, but the window of opportunity is closing,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on February 21. “We need to act quickly before it closes completely.”
Earlier, at 3:00 am on January 31, the WHO declared coronary pneumonia to be “a global emergency medical condition” during a press conference in Geneva (Switzerland).
Why hasn’t WHO declared Covid-19 a pandemic?
According to CNN, epidemiologists determined that so far they have not seen the sustainable transmission between people who have not traveled to China recently with a group of people with a history of visiting China. What has happened to Covid-19 is not enough to become a disease group in a country that exists and spreads globally.
Therefore, in order to identify Covid-19 as a pandemic, one must recognize its sustained spread from person to person, over and over and over generations of disease transmission. Health experts also emphasize that there is no exact mathematical definition of a pandemic.
Currently, certain countries detect people who are positive for Covid-19 and remain in control. If these countries prevent an outbreak before they progress and spread long, they will contribute to repelling Covid-19, avoiding a pandemic.
Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (USA) and a senior adviser to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said that pneumonia due to The corona virus is causing a pandemic at this time. However, he also warned that it could happen and is approaching humanity.
“We’re really on the edge,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (National Institutes of Health, USA).