The world has seen a decrease in Covid 19 infection and deaths the world over in the past several months. Does this show that the world is out of danger from the pandemic. Well, it is not yet time to be happy as the World Health Organisationwarned that the numbers could rise as northern countries head into winter.
“We are now seeing a welcome decline in reported deaths globally. However, with colder weather approaching in the northern hemisphere, it’s reasonable to expect an increase in hospitalizations and deaths in the coming months,” said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Tedros.
During his regular briefing from Geneva on August 31, he urged people to get the jab or, if they are already vaccinated, to get further boosters.
COVID 19; VARIANTS STILL A THREAT
The WHO chief stated that subvariants of Omicron are more transmissible than their predecessors. The risk of even more transmissible and more dangerous variants remains, he added.
Vaccination coverage among the most at-risk groups – such as health workers and older persons – also remains too low, he added, especially in poorer countries.
COVID 19; NOT OVER YET
WHO Chief Tedros reminded people to continue to take action to reduce the risk of infection even if already vaccinated. “Steps include avoiding crowds, especially indoors, and wearing a mask,” he said.
“Living with COVID-19 doesn’t mean pretending the pandemic is over. If you go walking in the rain without an umbrella, pretending it’s not raining won’t help you. You’ll still get wet. Likewise,pretending a deadly virus is not circulating is a huge risk,” he said.
Worldwide, nearly 600 million cases of COVID-19 have been recorded, some 2.5 years into the pandemic.
COVID 19; EUROPE
Europe is projected to reach 250 million case in a matter of weeks, said Dr. Hans Kluge, Director of WHO’s Office for the region. He also anticipated winter “surge” in cases.
“We have made great strides in addressing the pandemic. But the virus is still circulating widely, still putting people in hospital, still causing too many preventable deaths – some 3,000 in the past week alone, about a third of the global recorded total,” said Dr. Kluge in a statement on Tuesday.
Reports said that covid 19 infections caused by many respiratory viruses, including influenza and some coronaviruses, swell in winter and drop in summer. During winter, people will be interacting more often indoors in places with poor ventilation, which will increase the risk of transmission,