More than six months after the lightning-fast worldwide spread of the coronavirus has prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare an international emergency, Sars-CoV-2 is far from returning. This was again shown on Monday by figures from the World Health Organization.
The United Nations health agency has registered 18.1 million cases worldwide. Almost 700,000 people have succumbed to lung disease in recent months. The epicenter of the pandemic is still on the American continent. The United States and Latin America together account for more than half of global infections.
While the peak of the first wave has not yet been reached in many countries in that region, Europe and Asia are more than ever ready for a second wave. Since the governments on those continents once again closed the lock on society, new outbursts have emerged in various places. This is the case, for example, in Belgium, Spain, the Netherlands, Japan, Australia and Hong Kong.
Face masks must become a symbol of solidarity in the world.
Evolution prompted the World Health Organization leaders Monday to call on the world population to rigorously comply with all health measures. “Our message to the people and governments is clear: stick to the rules of social distancing, wash your hands, get tested and wear a mask,” said CEO Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “Face masks must become a symbol of solidarity in the world.”
The spread of the lung virus may be inhibited by covering the mouth and nose, but masks do not help Sars-CoV-2 out of the world. Now that corona measures in the fight against flare-ups are being tightened up again in various places – with all the economic consequences this entails – the world has more than ever hoped for a rapid breakthrough in the search for a vaccine.
“Although the corona pandemic is the largest global health crisis since the early 20th century, the international hunt for a vaccine is also historic,” said the WHO chief. According to him there is therefore hope, but at the same time he warns against excessive optimism.
Although the corona pandemic is the largest global health crisis since the early 20th century, the international hunt for a vaccine is also historic.
“Vaccine research is in phase 3 companies now, and we all hope that some of them can help prevent infections. But at the moment there is no miracle cure for corona and it may never come. ”
We may have to put up with a vaccine that provides protection for only a few months, he added. “In any case, the road to normality will be very long.”