(PresidentialWire.com)- Speaking at a virtual news conference Monday the director of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said the “worst is yet to come” with the coronavirus.
“Although many countries have made some progress, globally, the pandemic is actually speeding up,” he said. “We all want this to be over. We all want to get on with our lives, but the hard reality is that this is not even close to being over.”
In total, there have been more than 10.1 million confirmed coronavirus cases around the world, and it has killed more than 500,000 people, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
On Sunday, more than 60% of the new cases reported came from countries in the America. There were almost 190,000 new coronavirus cases reported Sunday, and 23% of that came from the United States. That ranked second in the world, behind only Brazil.
It’s no secret that the U.S. has experienced a recent surge in cases as states began to ease restrictions and attempt to reopen their economies. Daily new cases are setting records almost every day in states such as California, Arizona, Texas and Florida. As Tedros said:
“Some countries have now experienced a resurgence of cases as they start to reopen their economies and societies. Most people remain susceptible. The virus still has a lot of room to move.”
While the number of cases has increased, deaths from COVID-19 have begun to drop. But many state officials have said the reason for the drop in deaths is because the average age of those infected has declined. COVID-19 is more fatal in older populations who are more high risk.
That shouldn’t make people feel more comfortable, though, as health experts including Dr. Anthony Fauci have said the death rate will eventually increase over time as these younger people begin to infect older people and those who are more vulnerable.
Tedros said the most effective way of curbing the spread of coronavirus continues to be broad testing followed by investigating the infections, identifying people who could’ve been exposed to that person, isolating all people who are infected and also improving treatment for COVID-19. He said:
“The single most important intervention for breaking chains of transmission is not necessarily high-tech and can be carried out by a broad range of profession. It’s tracing and quarantine contacts. Six months since the virus started, it could be like a broken record to say exactly the same thing, but the same thing works. Test, test, isolate, quarantine cases.
“South Korea has shown to the world that without even vaccines or therapeutics that it can take the number of cases down and suppress the outbreak.”
South Korea was one of the first countries outside China to experience a coronavirus outbreak. The government there ramped up testing quickly, though, targeting it to people who might’ve been exposed to known clusters of the virus. Officials even used cell phone tracking information and credit card transaction data to identify people who may have been exposed.
“The worst is yet to come,” Tedros said. “I’m sorry to say that, but with this kind of environment and condition, we fear the worst. And that’s why we have to bring our acts together and fight this dangerous virus together.”