WHO says COVID-19 pandemic is one big wave, not seasonal – Yahoo! Voices

“We are in the very first wave. Its going to be one huge wave. The best thing is to flatten it and turn it into just something lapping at your feet,” she said.

By Emma Farge
GENEVA (Reuters) – A World Health Organization authorities on Tuesday explained the COVID-19 pandemic as “one huge wave” and warned against complacency in the northern hemisphere summer because the infection does not share influenzas propensity to follow seasons.
WHO authorities have actually been at pains to prevent explaining a resurgence of COVID-19 cases like those in Hong Kong as “waves” as this recommends the virus is acting in ways beyond human control, when in reality concerted action can slow its spread.
Its going to be one huge wave. The finest thing is to flatten it and turn it into just something lapping at your feet,” she stated.

( Reporting by Emma Farge; Editing by Michael Shields, William Maclean).

Pointing to high case numbers at the height of the U.S. summer season, she prompted alertness in applying measures and alerted against mass gatherings.
” People are still believing about seasons. What all of us need
to get our heads around is this is a new infection and … this one is
behaving differently,” she said.
” Summer is an issue. This infection likes all weather condition.”
However, she revealed concern about COVID-19 cases coinciding with normal seasonal influenza cases during the southern hemispheres winter, and said the Geneva-based body was monitoring this carefully.
Up until now, she said, laboratory samples are not showing high numbers of influenza cases, recommending a later-than-normal start to the season.
” If you have an increase in a respiratory health problem when you currently have a really high burden of breathing disease, that puts even more pressure on the health system,” she stated, prompting individuals to be vaccinated against influenza.