Crack in the WHO for the usefulness of quarantines against the coronavirus

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Crack in the WHO for the usefulness of quarantines against the coronavirus




The Director General of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, at a press conference. Photo: OMD WHO


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The Director General of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, at a press conference. Photo: OMD WHO


An unexpected crack opened in the last hours within the World Health Organization (WHO). While its director, the Ethiopian Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, expressed that given the increase in cases of coronavirus in Europe and America “there will be no other option” After confinement, one of his advisers said that the agency “is not in favor” of quarantines as the main method against the virus.

“We understand the frustration of many countries as they see the cases rise again,” Tedros said at a press conference, who indicated that “at a certain point there is nothing else to do they have to give orders to stay at home to buy time and use it to make plans, prepare health workers and improve tests. ”

The Ethiopian expert added that in the current situation it is still not an option to let more people get infected to try to achieve group immunity, because, he warned, “letting the virus circulate will lead to unnecessary infection, suffering and death“.

“In most countries less than 10% have been infected,” recalled the head of the WHO, which, together with the lack of vaccine, prevents the use of a strategy as risky as that of seeking group immunity.

For its part, David Nabarro, in charge of the WHO for the coronavirus in Europe invited governments not to use quarantine as the main strategy to control the spread of Covid-19, since “they only have one consequence that should never be underestimated and that is make poor people much poorer “.

“At the World Health Organization we do not advocate quarantines as the main means of controlling this virus, “Nabarro said in an interview with the British media The Spectator. He added: “The only time we think a quarantine is justified is to buy time to reorganize, regroup and rebalance its resources; protect health workers who are exhausted. But in general, we prefer not to.”

News in development.

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