Aftermath of covid alert the WHO; fear long-term damage

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 Aftermath of covid alert the WHO; fear long-term damage


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The agency disqualified the herd immunity strategy. Photo: Cuartoscuro


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The agency disqualified the herd immunity strategy. Photo: Cuartoscuro

The World Health Organization (WHO) expressed concern about possible effects of the covid-19 in discharged patients.

“We are not only concerned with cases, hospitalizations or deaths, but also with the long-term impacts that we are beginning to see in individuals who even suffered the disease with mild symptoms,” said Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO technical director for emergencies, at a press conference.

The epidemiologist stated that it is important to combat the increase in infections, despite the fact that mortality is 0.6 percent.

“Now we begin to see these effects on the heart, brain, lungs or mental health,” added the US specialist.

On October 4, Excelsior published that for discharged patients there may be sequelae that can last for years, even for asymptomatic patients or for those who were in intensive care.

“That recovered is not synonymous with healthy, better than the disease that was left behind and begins the path to obtain functionality and live as fully as possible”, said María Isabel Jaime, head of Rehabilitation Therapies of the Unit of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation of the XXI century of the IMSS.

During yesterday’s conference, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated that the pandemic can be overcome quickly with the right tools.

“If we use the tools that we have at our disposal, we can put an end to it soon,” said the head of the international organization.

In his speech, he ruled out that herd immunity is a effective strategy to slow the spread of the coronavirus and noted that such proposals are “simply unethical.”

Ghebreyesus insisted that health officials generally try to achieve herd immunity through vaccination.

“Herd immunity is achieved by protecting the population from a virus, not exposing it to it,” he said.

Some specialists have argued that allowing covid-19 spread among the population that it is not vulnerable will help create herd immunity and thus curb the economic impact of the pandemic.

However, Ghebreyesus emphasized that it is a wrong strategy and that encourages more infections among the population.

“Never before in the history of public health has herd immunity been used as a strategy to respond to an outbreak,” emphasized Tedros.

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