WHO Warns COVID-19 Not Seasonal, Is Still Accelerating As ‘One Big Wave’

WHO Warns COVID-19 Not Seasonal, Is Still Accelerating As ‘One Big Wave’

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29 Jul 2020

With no evidence of seasonal variations as the number of cases increases, the World Health Organisation (WHO) described the COVID-19 pandemic as “one big wave” that is continuing and accelerating.

Margaret Harris, a WHO spokesperson, insisted that discussions on what consists a second wave are not helpful in understanding the disease.

“People are still thinking about seasons. What we all need to get our heads around is this is a new virus and this one is behaving differently,” she told a virtual briefing in Geneva, pointing that the virus seems to be flourishing even in the summer.

“This virus likes all weather.”

She explained that thinking of Coronavirus as a wave that goes and then comes back is a better analogy. “The best thing is to flatten it and turn it into just something lapping at your feet.”

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also said the number of cases worldwide had doubled in the past six weeks, showing that the Coronavirus pandemic continues to accelerate.

Tedros said, “This is the sixth time a global health emergency has been declared under the international health regulations, but it is easily the most severe.”

European nations like Germany, France and Belgium, have reintroduced restrictions, curfews, social distancing and quarantine measures after having lifted them last month.

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