Tuesday, July 5

“Epidemiological stupidity”: that’s what the WHO says about reopening | Digital Trends Spanish


World Health Organization (who) warned this Wednesday, July 7, that there is an imminent danger due to the announcement of several countries around the globe for lifting the restrictions due to COVID-19. The agency called the matter “epidemiological stupidity.”

Those at least were the drastic words used by the agency’s emergency chief, Mike Ryan, who said that “I hope the progress and achievements that have been made are not lost.”

Above all, Ryan called the possibility of low-vaccination countries wanting early reopens a “toxic mix”.

“For much of the world, this is just beginning,” Ryan said. “I am very happy for the countries that are having this under control. But please think of those who live without vaccines. In all the countries of the Americas, we still have almost a million cases a week. It has not finished. The same in Europe: in the European region, we have half a million cases a week. Not that this has disappeared ”.

Everything occurs in a context in which the Delta variant attacks many countries in the world, that vaccines are not being fully effective against this strain, and the fatigue that people have with the pandemic.

Harvard professor of infectious disease epidemiology William Hanage commented on The Guardian, what are the problems of these early reopens, such as the English case and the possible consequences.

“Cases are skyrocketing in a way that reflects the highly contagious nature of Delta. It is beginning to appear that the main thing that explains its potency is that transmissibility, rather than immune evasion, leads to a large amount of infection and transmission between vaccinated individuals. This is going to produce some things: first it will be hospitalizations and deaths, but much less than in the worst stage of winter. This is certainly good news, or perhaps better than worst. On the other hand, with the planned reopening, there will be huge amounts of infection, and… many people are going to feel quite ill, even if they don’t need a hospital bed. The long-term impacts are not known ”, concluded the specialist.

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