WHO Declares CoronaVirus COVID-19 a Pandemic on Wednesday March 11 2020

Corona Virus Courtesy of NPR
Corona Virus Courtesy of NPR

World Health Organization Declares CoronaVirus COVID-19 a Pandemic on Wednesday March 11 2020.

WHO declares that they have “rung the alarm bell loud and clear” despite “alarming levels of inaction”. Who reminds the world that, “All countries can still change the course of this pandemic”

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who heads the U.N. agency, said the World Health Organization (WHO) “WHO has been assessing this outbreak around the clock and we are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels of inaction.”
“We have therefore made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic.”

WHO Press Briefing on Wednesday March 11 2020 Complete Remarks are Online

Growing Number of COVID-19 Cases

In the past two weeks, the number of cases of COVID-19 outside China has increased 13-fold, and the number of affected countries has tripled.

There are now more than 118,000 cases in 114 countries, and 4,291 people have lost their lives.

In the days and weeks ahead, we expect to see the number of cases, the number of deaths, and the number of affected countries climb even higher.

WHO COVID-19 Concerns

Concerned about the alarming levels of spread and severity

Concerned about the alarming levels of inaction.

COVID-19 Pandemic

This is the first pandemic caused by a coronavirus.

COVID-19 can be controlled at the same time.

Countries need to take urgent and aggressive action.

What Countries Need to Do in A Pandemic

All countries can still change the course of this pandemic.

Several countries have demonstrated that this virus can be suppressed and controlled.

Prepare and Be Ready

Protect Your Health Care Workers

Detect

Protect

Test

Treat

Isolate

Trace

Mobilize Response People

Innovate and Learn

Political Leadership

Countries Challenges During a Pandemic

Capacity

Resources

Resolve

Protecting Health and Reduce Transmission

Minimizing Economic Disruption

Minimizing Social Disruption

Respecting Human Rights

Political Leadership

WHO reminds us that “This is not just a public health crisis, it is a crisis that will touch every sector – so every sector and every individual must be involved in the fight.”

For more information in the United States, please visit Center for Disease Control (CDC)

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