As many countries have moved towards easing their lockdown restrictions, it is a common belief that the virus has been controlled and normal life will soon begin. In reality, life is still far from normal for the majority of the people even after the re-opening of businesses, offices, and schools.
The medical community has stated that returning to life as it was prior to the coronavirus pandemic can take months or even another year till an effective vaccine is developed and used alongside the preventive measures to control coronavirus spread.
Until then, following the guidelines from health authorities is fundamental in lowering the possibility of a second wave of coronavirus followed by a second lockdown and the belief of end of COVID-19 should also not be popularized.
Though the coronavirus has been controlled to some extent in a few countries like Germany, Denmark, New Zealand and some states of the US, it is causing an even higher number of infections than ever before.
In fact, the World Health Organization has stated that the highest number of cases in a single day was reported very recently. More specifically, the Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced that more than 100,000 coronavirus cases were reported to the WHO in twenty-four hours.
At a recent press conference in Geneva, he said “We still have a long way to go in this pandemic. In the last 24 hours, there have been 106,000 cases reported to WHO — the most in a single day since the outbreak began.”
According to Tedros, another alarming thing for the health agency was that these cases were reported only from four countries. The names of the countries were not revealed but they are likely to be low to middle-income countries who are still in the first wave of coronavirus.
The head of WHO’s emergency program, Dr. Mike Ryan, said that the global number for coronavirus cases will unfortunately soon cross five million.
He further advised people to continue following instructions for the prevention of COVID-19 and to not take any medicines, especially hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of the coronavirus infection as it is now medically proven to be harmful.
At the beginning of the week the president of the US, Donald Trump, had stated that he has been taking hydroxychloroquine for preventing the coronavirus infection.
Regardless of the continuous warnings from the medical community, Trump has been endorsing the medicine and further promoting it. In the conference, Tedros confirmed that the WHO had received letters from Trump.
As a response, Tedros had also reportedly threatened to withdraw the US from the WHO without any further funding. However, he did not comment further on the issue at the press conference.
With a rising number of cases and an even higher death toll, taking extra precautionary measures for avoiding the infection as well as for controlling coronavirus spread is essential.
Therefore, the WHO recommended people to continue social distancing and leaving the house only when it is absolutely necessary even after the easing of lockdown-related restrictions.
Nearly all of the countries that have reopened businesses, schools, and offices have seen a resurgence in COVID-19 cases. For instance, China, which was the first country to be hit by the coronavirus infection, lifted its ban a few weeks ago.
However, over thirty new coronavirus cases were reported in two of its cities located in the province of Jilin which is why the government immediately limited travel, closed businesses, and schools, thereby imposing a second lockdown.
This shows that the risk is equally high even after controlling the coronavirus spread to some extent and following instructions is very important.