By B N Kumar
MUMBAI, July 13, 2020: In a blunt warning, WHO Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the COVID-19 pandemic is going to get worse as too many countries are headed in the wrong direction
“Let me blunt, too many countries are headed in the wrong direction,” Dr Tedros said addressing the global media through a video conference.
Mixed messages from leaders are undermining the most critical ingredient of any response: trust.
If governments do not clearly communicate with their citizens and roll out a comprehensive strategy focused on suppressing transmission and saving lives;
The virus remains public enemy number one, but the actions of many governments and people do not reflect this, he pointed lout.
The only aim of the virus is to find people to infect. If populations do not follow the basic public health principles of physical distancing, hand washing, wearing masks, coughing etiquette and staying at home when sick, Dr Tedros said.
“Every single leader, every single government and every single person can do their bit to break chains of transmission and end the collective suffering. I know that many leaders are working in difficult circumstances. I know that there are other health, economic, social and cultural challenges to weigh up,” he said.
There are no shortcuts out of this pandemic. We all hope there will be an effective vaccine, but we need to focus on using the tools we have now to suppress transmission and save lives.
We need to reach a sustainable situation where we have adequate control of this virus without shutting down our lives entirely, or lurching from lockdown to lockdown; which has a hugely detrimental impact on societies, Dr Tedros added. https://www.who.int/