Coronavirus declared a public health emergency of international concern by WHO
The main concern is that the disease does not reach countries with weak and less prepared health systems
The coronavirus has been declared on Thursday an international emergency by the World Health Organization.
“We do not know what kind of damage this virus can do if it reaches countries with a weak health system. We have to act now to help countries prepare for this possibility, for this reason I have decided to declare the coronavirus as an International Public Health Emergency, ”said its director Tedros Adhanom Gebreyesus.
The WHO leader said that so far no deaths have been seen outside of China, and that although the cases outside the country are relatively minimal compared to those seen in that country, it is necessary to "act together."
Tedros clarified that the biggest reason for declaring the emergency is not the situation specifically in China, but the virus has reached other countries, some of which are not prepared to face it.
"To all the people of China and those around the world who have been affected by this outbreak, I want you to know that we are with you," said the director.
He added that the most important of the statement are the recommendations made by the committee, which he summarized in seven points:
Implement restrictive travel and trade measures only if they are necessary and based on evidence. None of these measures is formally recommended.
Support countries that have the weakest health systems.
Accelerate the development of a vaccine.
Fight rumors and share reliable information.
Review the preparation plans and identify their weaknesses.
Openly share data and experiences
Work hand in hand with the international community.