Coronavirus Is Now a ‘Pandemic,’ World Health Organization Says

Date: 2020-03-11 17:04:03

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Expressing increasing alarm about mounting infections, the World Health Organization declared ON Wednesday that the global coronavirus crisis is now a pandemic. #Coronavirus #Pandemic #WHO

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who heads the UN agency, said the WHO is “deeply concerned by the alarming levels of spread and severity” of the outbreak. He also expressed concern about “the alarming levels of inaction”.

“We have, therefore, made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic,” he said at a briefing in Geneva.

Tedros said all countries can still change the course of the pandemic if they detect, test, treat, isolate, trace and mobilize their people in the response.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.

The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover. In mainland China, where the virus first exploded, more than 80,000 people have been diagnosed and more than 58,000 have so far recovered.

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