WHO warns that ‘no country can just pretend the pandemic is over’

PUBLISHED MON, AUG 31 20201:50 PM EDTUPDATED MON, AUG 31 20204:14 PM EDT

The World Health Organization on Monday urged countries to continue implementing safety measures to control the spread of the coronavirus, such as limiting public gatherings and protecting vulnerable groups as they try to reopen businesses and services. 

“The more control countries have over the virus, the more they can open up. Opening up without having control is a recipe for disaster,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a virtual news briefing from the United Nations health agency’s Geneva headquarters. “No country can just pretend the pandemic is over.”

 

Tedros outlined “four essential things that all countries, communities and individuals must focus on to take control.” He said countries should “prevent amplifying events,” which he said many countries have linked to large gatherings at stadiums, nightclubs and places of worship. He added that countries and people can find “creative ways” to be social. 

He added that countries should prevent deaths by protecting vulnerable people, including older people, people with underlying conditions and essential workers. This will help save lives and alleviate the burden on countries’ health systems, he said. 

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WHO Sees ‘a Window’ for Stopping Monkeypox Confirmed cases worldwide have reached 257

Lothar Wieler, left, president of Germany’s Robert Koch Institute, and Karl Lauterbach, federal minister of Health, speak at a press conference about monkeypox Tuesday in Bremen, Germany. (Sina Schuldt/dpa via AP)

(NEWSER) – With the World Health Organization’s count of confirmed cases worldwide hitting 257, “the world has an opportunity to stop this outbreak,” an official said Monday. “There is a window,” said Rosamund Lewis, the organization’s technical lead on monkeypox. Another 120 cases are suspected in 23 countries, CNN reports. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the US reported 12 cases in eight states as of Friday. Asked at a press conference Monday whether the monkeypox outbreak could become a pandemic, per CNBC, Lewis said the WHO doesn’t think that will happen, but “the answer is we don’t know.”

The danger to the public is low, WHO officials said, adding that they don’t want the world thinking it’s dealing with, in effect, another COVID-19—or something even more hazardous. “This monkeypox disease is not COVID-19, it is a different virus,” said the WHO’s Sylvie Briand. Still, Lewis said, the increase in cases is a concern. She called for vigilance in spotting symptoms, which usually are flu-like and mild, though they also can include back pain and rashes. Gay and bisexual men should be especially alert to symptoms, Lewis said; many of the cases so far have found among men who had sex with other men. Monkeypox can spread through contact during sex when an active rash is present, though it’s not a sexually transmitted disease.

Monkeypox outbreak may have been sparked by sex at two raves in Belgium and Spain, WHO expert warns amid claim cluster of cases may trace back to just ONE super-spreader event Former WHO official said monkeypox may have spread at two raves in Europe Maspalomas, the Gran Canarian pride festival, is being investigated And ‘reason to assume’ monkeypox case at fetish festival in Antwerp

Dr David Heymann, who used to head the WHO’s emergencies department, said someone with the tell-tale monkeypox lesions likely ‘spread it to others when there was sexual or close physical contact’

Sexual transmission at two festivals in Europe may have sparked the world’s escalating monkeypox outbreak, a World Health Organization expert has claimed.

Dr David Heymann, who used to head the WHO’s emergencies department, revealed it was the leading theory behind the origins of the current cluster of cases.

He said: ‘We know monkeypox can spread when there is close contact with the lesions of someone who is infected, and it looks like sexual contact has now amplified that transmission.

‘It’s very possible there was somebody who got infected, developed lesions on the genitals, hands or somewhere else, and then spread it to others when there was sexual or close physical contact.

‘And then there were these international events that seeded the outbreak around the world, into the US and other European countries.’

Despite not naming either festival, health chiefs tasked with containing the virus have already begun tracing cases back to the Gran Canarian gay pride festival – attended by up to 80,000 people between May 5-15.

Meanwhile, three cases in Belgium have been linked with Darklands – a large-scale fetish festival in Antwerp, held from May 5-8. Organisers have since said there is ‘reason to assume’ someone at the event was infected.

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Spanish health chiefs have also linked many cases to a single ‘sauna’ in Madrid.

The Gran Canarian pride festival (pictured), held between May 5 and 15, is being investigated after being linked to numerous monkeypox cases

And organisers of large-scale fetish festival Darklands (pictured) in Antwerp, which ran from May 5 to May 8, said there is ‘reason to assume’ someone at the event had monkeypox

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WHO Waited Two Years to Admit COVID-19 Is Airborne — But Why? The World Health Organization is supposed to be an “expert” when it comes to protecting public health, but it was clueless when it came to letting the public know how SARS-CoV-2 was transmitted.

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Story at a glance:
  • On March 28, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) tweeted, “FACT: #COVID19 is NOT airborne.”
  • Aerosol scientist Lidia Morawska of the Queensland University of Technology in Australia said it was “so obvious” that airborne transmission was occurring, even in Feb. 2020.
  • Morawska and colleagues presented evidence of airborne transmission to the WHO in March 2020, including cases of people becoming infected when they were more than 1 meter from an infected person, and “years of mechanistic studies;” the advice was largely ignored.
  • Nearly two years after the pandemic began, on Dec. 23, 2021, the WHO finally acknowledged that SARS-CoV-2 is airborne.
  • The WHO getting it wrong about SARS-CoV-2’s airborne potential calls into question why it continues to be regarded as a global health authority.

It was March 28, 2020, when the WHO — the supposed global authority on infectious disease — tweeted, “FACT: #COVID19 is NOT airborne.”

The statement included a “fact check” box, authoritatively stating that information circulating on social media that COVID-19 is airborne was “incorrect” and “misinformation.”

“The virus that causes COVID-19 is mainly transmitted through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks,” the WHO wrote. “These droplets are too heavy to hang in the air. They quickly fall on floors or surfaces.”

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MEP Christine Anderson warns: WHO trying to “seize governmental power” through PANDEMIC TREATY

A member of the European Parliament (MEP) has warned that the World Health Organization (WHO) is attempting to “seize governmental power” by means of a so-called pandemic treaty.

MEP Christine Anderson, who is part of the German far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) political party, made the warning in a video. She mentioned that an intergovernmental negotiating body (INB) established by the World Health Assembly (WHA) has been working to revise the treaties between the global health body and its member states since March 1, 2022.

The revisions aim to give the WHO “de facto governing power over its member states in the event of a pandemic, without involvement or consultation with national governments or national parliaments.” This serves as a “direct attack on the rule of the people by the people, the most elementary principle of any democracy,” she added. The German MEP also compared the move to “nine foxes and a rabbit democratically voting on what to have for dinner.”

A Dec. 1, 2021 press release said the WHA’s decision following a special session empowers the INB to “draft and negotiate a WHO convention, agreement, or other international instrument on pandemic prevention, preparedness and response.”

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