WHO warns in opposition to treating Covid-19 like flu

Copenhagen:  The World Well being Group (WHO) on Tuesday warned in opposition to treating COVID-19 as an endemic sickness like flu, somewhat than as a pandemic, saying the unfold of the Omicron variant has not but stabilized.

Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez mentioned on Monday it could be time to vary the way it tracks COVID-19’s evolution to as an alternative use a technique much like the way it follows the flu, as a result of its lethality has fallen. That will suggest treating the virus as an “endemic sickness”, somewhat than a pandemic.

“We nonetheless have an enormous quantity of uncertainty and a virus that’s evolving fairly shortly, imposing new challenges. We’re definitely not on the level the place we’re capable of name it endemic,” WHO’s senior emergency officer for Europe, Catherine Smallwood, advised a press briefing.

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