COVID-19 could become ‘just like flu’ says World Health Organization chief

The World Well being Group says the COVID-19 pandemic might cool down this 12 months to some extent the place it poses a risk just like flu.

The UN well being company earlier voiced confidence that it is going to be capable of declare an finish to the emergency someday in 2023, saying it was more and more hopeful in regards to the pandemic section of the virus coming to an in depth.

Final weekend marked three years for the reason that WHO first described the scenario as a ‘pandemic’ though the organisation’s chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, insists international locations ought to have acted a number of weeks beforehand.

“I believe we’re coming to that time the place we are able to take a look at Covid-19 in the identical method we take a look at seasonal influenza,” WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan informed a press convention.

“A risk to well being, a virus that can proceed to kill. However a virus that isn’t disrupting our society or disrupting our hospital methods, and I imagine that that can come, as Tedros stated, this 12 months.”

The WHO chief stated the world was in a a lot better place now than it has been at any time throughout the pandemic.

The WHO declared a PHEIC, the best degree of alarm it could actually sound, on January 30, 2020, when, exterior of China, fewer than 100 instances and no deaths had been reported.

But it surely was solely when Tedros described the worsening scenario as a pandemic on 11 March that 12 months that many international locations appeared to get up to the hazard.

“We declared a world well being emergency to spur international locations to take decisive motion, however not all international locations did,” he stated on Friday.

“Three years later, there are nearly seven million reported deaths from COVID-19, though we all know that the precise variety of deaths is far greater.”

He was happy that for the primary time, the weekly variety of reported deaths over the previous 4 weeks has been decrease than when he first described COVID-19 as a pandemic.

However he stated greater than 5,000 deaths reported per week was 5,000 too many for a illness that may be prevented and handled.