‘It ain’t over ’til it’s over’ seems to be the takeaway of WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
The disease so far has killed over 500,000 people and affected more than 10 million worldwide.
Dr. Ghebreyesus warned the world that the worst is yet to come in the coronavirus crisis.
He said the virus would infect many more people if governments do not start implementing the right policies.
At a media briefing recently, he underscored the importance of testing, tracing, isolation, and quarantine.
Dr. Ghebreyesus acknowledged that “many countries have implemented unprecedented measures to suppress transmission and save lives.”
However, he said, while these measures have been successful in slowing the spread of the virus, they have not been able to stop its spread, so some countries are seeing a resurgence.
“Most people remain susceptible. The virus still has a lot of room to move. We all want this to be over. We all want to get to on with our lives. But the hard reality is this is not even close to being over,” he lamented.
Furthermore, he stated the importance of working together to arrest the disease.
“As we have said repeatedly, national unity and global solidarity are essential to implementing a comprehensive strategy to suppress transmission, save lives, and minimize the social and economic impact of the virus.”
Dr. Ghebreyesus said, “The virus still has a lot of room to move. We all want this to be over. We all want to get on with our lives. But the hard reality is: this is not even close to being over.”
Marcia Wright, Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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