- The Director General of the World Health Organization warned on Monday that there may never be a “silver bullet” for the novel corona virus.
- Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus’ statement comes six months after the organization declared the virus a global health emergency.
- Tedros warned that despite promising vaccine prospects, the world may still need to maintain practices that it adapted during the pandemic.
- Worldwide, more than 18 million coronavirus cases have been registered with more than 692,000 deaths.
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The Director General of the World Health Organization warned on Monday that six months after the agency declared the novel virus a global health emergency, there may never be a “silver bullet”
“There is no silver ball at the moment, and there might not be,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
“At the moment, stopping outbreaks depends on the basics of public health and disease control: testing, isolating and treating patients, and tracking and quarantining their contacts,” he added.
The Director General warned that despite several vaccines that are in late-stage studies, the world may need to maintain at least some of the customs that it adapted during the pandemic, such as: B. social distancing and wearing masks.
As of July 31, WHO reported six vaccine candidates that were in phase 3, the stage at which the vaccine is being tested to determine whether it actually prevents disease, NPR reported.
Worldwide, more than 18 million coronavirus cases have been registered with more than 692,000 deaths.
The majority of these cases have been recorded in the United States, Brazil and India, but Tedros noted that even in some countries where no peaks have occurred in the past, there has been an increase in cases and has warned everyone stay.
“Inform, empower, and listen to communities,” he said. “Do it all.”
The organization launched a mask challenge to challenge people to submit photos of themselves wearing a mask.
“The mask is not only one of the most important ways to stop the virus, it also represents solidarity,” said Tedros.