Global Health: It is too early to declare an emergency due to the Coronavirus, today, Friday, January 24, 2020 02:40 pm
around the clock – The World Health Organization has declared that it is “too early” to consider the emerging corona virus that has emerged in China and has started to circulate in the world as a “public health emergency on an international scale.”
“One of you is not mistaken, it is an emergency in China, but it is not yet a global health emergency. It may become so,” said WHO Director-General Tidros Adhanum Gebresus at a press conference in Geneva.
He added that, as of today, there is no evidence of human-to-human transmission outside China.
He said: “We know that there is a human-to-human transmission in China, but it appears that so far it is only restricted to family groups and health care workers caring for infected patients. There is no evidence of human-to-human transmission outside of China, but This does not mean that this will not happen. ”
China has taken extreme measures to combat the emerging corona virus, which has begun to circulate in the world, by imposing a quarantine on the city of Wuhan, the source of the epidemic, as well as two neighboring cities, as of Thursday.
The disease, which is a strain of the SARS virus (acute respiratory syndrome), has reached several Asian countries and even the United States, where some infections have been recorded.
The epidemic is a new type of corona virus and it is a strain that includes a large number of viruses that may lead to diseases such as the common cold, but also to other more serious diseases such as SARS.
The WHO does not declare a global emergency except in rare epidemiological situations that require a firm international response, such as the H1N1 swine flu in 2009, the Zika virus in 2016, and Ebola, which swept part of West Africa between 2014 and 2016, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2018. .
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