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Video: WHO Chief Scientist Warns Of Risk Of Second Wave Of COVID-19 After Lifting Lockdown
WHO chief scientist warns of risk of second wave of COVID-19 after lifting lockdown
Soumya Swaminathan believes that restrictive measures have helped contain the spread of infection in many countries, but that lifting them poses a great threat to people around the world.
“We do not know if this will be a second wave of morbidity, a second second peak or an ongoing first wave in some countries. But the incidence rate has not dropped too much after the restrictions were lifted, so this is all quite possible,”Sumiya Swaminathan, Deputy Director General and Chief Scientist of WHO, told CNBC.
She also emphasized that the coronavirus has not gone anywhere and until now it has been possible to contain the incidence rate largely due to social distancing and isolation. As soon as people begin to contact each other again and move to different cities and countries, the rate of spread of infection may increase, the scientist believes.
Sumiya Swaminathan believes that governments should lift restrictive measures very carefully and gradually, while monitoring the level of disease. She also urged everyone to remain vigilant and take preventive measures, especially people at risk - the elderly, with chronic diseases and weakened immune systems.
“People who are most susceptible to the virus should be extra careful not to go to crowded places, wear a medical mask before going outside and keep their underlying diseases under control,” the WHO spokeswoman said.
Russian experts also urge to observe precautions against the background of the phased lifting of restrictions:
“It is recommended to observe the social distance regime and emphasize that wearing masks is recommended not only in crowded places, but also on the street. On paths, sidewalks, public transport stops, the risk of transmission of infection remains quite high, since it is difficult to maintain a social distance of two meters. We also recommend wearing gloves to reduce the risk of surface transmission. Gloves should be treated with disinfectants - this is more effective than just washing your hands, since the infection can remain under the nails,”the head of the clinical research department of the Central Research Institute of Epidemiology of Rospotrebnadzor, MD, told MedPortal. Tatiana Ruzhentsova.
“The world has just reached the jagged plateau, that is, the epidemiological situation has just begun to stabilize. It is clear that the functioning of enterprises is being restored, and not only strategically important, but also others, including the service sector, but no non-aggression pacts were signed with the coronavirus, so the rescue of the drowning, as usually happens, was transferred to the hands of the drowning themselves,” - said the doctor and medical journalist Alexei Vodovozov.