The representatives of the world health organization said Wednesday that the spread of coronavirus in more than 100 countries and considered a global pandemic, confirming what many epidemiologists have been saying for the past few weeks.
Still who avoided to use this term to describe the jump of the epidemic around the world, fearing to give the impression that it is impossible to stop and the country will stop trying to contain it. Earlier during the outbreak, the organization has stated that it will not officially announce when the epidemic reaches pandemic proportions, preferring instead to declare an emergency in public health worldwide.
“Pandemic is not a word that should be used lightly or carelessly, “—said at a press conference in Geneva, Dr. tedros adhanom Gebreyesus, head of the who.
“We can’t say it loud enough, clear enough or often enough“, he added. “All countries can still change the course of this pandemic“.
But currently, on six continents, there is a persistent transmission of the virus, which has infected more than 120,000 people and killed more than 4,300 people, and the majority of scientific indicators the distribution qualifies as a pandemic. The designation is largely symbolic, but health officials know that the public will hear the word elements of danger and risk.