COVID-19 not changed in terms of transmissibility or severity

Henrietta Brewer
June 3, 2020

The battle to end COVID-19 is still far from reality.

Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe, has released a statement analysing the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe and emphasizing that recovery must lead to a different economy, an economy of well-being.The WHO Regional Office for Africa has urged caution as countries ease lockdowns.

In only three years of existence, the system now aggregates data from more than 64 000 surveillance sites with more than 2 million patients enrolled from 66 countries across the world.

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated data provided by some countries indicated that the number of bacterial infectious was well concerned, which has become increasingly resistant to the medicines traditionally used to treat them.

Johanna Swanson, product manager at GlobalData, said: "Severe COVID-19 patients may develop acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) due to the cytokine storm, which can lead to long-term lung damage and fibrosis".

Chile on Monday reported a total of 105,159 cases of novel coronavirus infection, and 1,113 deaths from the disease.

Professor Alberto Zangrillo, head of intensive care at Italy's San Raffaele Hospital in Lombardy, which bore the brunt of Italy's Covid-19 epidemic, on Sunday told state television that the coronavirus "clinically no longer exists".

A lockdown is in effect in capital Santiago and the metropolitan area through June 5, as the region is the epicenter of the country's outbreak.

Many health experts have warned of a possible second wave of infections if lockdowns are lifted hastily.

Responding to a question on some doctors' suggestion that coronavirus is somehow losing potency, Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, technical lead for the WHO Health Emergencies Programme, said the suggestion is not true. The former means "how many secondary cases can one case infect" or the "reproduction number", which is naturally above two. "This is not over yet", Van Kerkhove mentioned.

"In terms of the transmissibility, that has not changed".

Assistant Director-General for antimicrobial resistance at WHO, Hanan Balkhy, said the enormous expansion of countries, facilities and patients covered by the new AMR surveillance system allows better documenting on the emerging public health threat of AMR.

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