WHO characterizes COVID-19 as a pandemic


Speaking at the daily COVID-19 media briefing from WHO HQ on 11 March 2020, Dr Tedros, WHO Director-General said:
“WHO has been assessing this outbreak around the clock and we are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels of inaction.We have therefore made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic.Pandemic is not a word to use lightly or carelessly. It is a word that, if misused, can cause unreasonable fear, or unjustified acceptance that the fight is over, leading to unnecessary suffering and death.Describing the situation as a pandemic does not change WHO’s assessment of the threat posed by this virus. It doesn’t change what WHO is doing, and it doesn’t change what countries should do. We have never before seen a pandemic sparked by a coronavirus. This is the first pandemic caused by a coronavirus. And we have never before seen a pandemic that can be controlled, at the same time.”


33 thoughts on “WHO characterizes COVID-19 as a pandemic

  1. and stop the people eating bats snakes cats dogs pigs and many other wild organisms which are the carriers of these viruses people are disturbing the nature now see the results

  2. "This isn't a joke"
    Jaroori nahi hai ki ek din k 'JANTA CURFEW' se "COVID-19" jaisi bimari asani se 'INDIA' se khtm ho jayegi isiliye mai sabhi se ek hi baat khunga jaisi sawdhani hm log aaj dikha rhe hai waisi sawdhani hme aage bhi dikhani chahiye.

  3. WHO …. Just for clarity's sake are we calling this virus The Wuhan Corona virus or the Chinese CORVID 19 virus ?

  4. Till There Is UNO & WHO In The World, There Would Be No Third World War Or No Global Crises Or No Global Epidemic.
    Only UNO it's branch can bring peace.
    Good works UNO & yours branches.
    UNO is like a tree & it's other sub-organizations is like its branches which gives fruits to eat to poor people, flowers as medicines to ill & shelter to shelter-lees.
    UNO live long!😊😇☺🙂😍😎🙏👍👌

  5. The countries where Chloroquine is used prophylactically to treat Malaria are showing remarkably low numbers of COVID19 uptake – please take note: Nigeria, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Brazil all have unusually large populations, but rather low numbers of infected individuals. Chloroquine use is the common thread.

  6. So there's a virus that causes no symptoms at all in the majority of the world's people (meaning we are healthy) yet it's a crisis because healthy people test positive. This a a world level scam perpetuated by flim flam artist/con men.
    You know you're being conned when they mass test for a harmless virus to manipulate the public with fearmongering. Shame on all the world misleaders! Booo!

  7. This man (Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus) is a political hack – he's a Marxist, has made a life of defending Socialism, and is not an impartial voice. His advice on NOT closing orders has been tinged with political correctness. The UN is a disgusting place – and he is the perfect poster-boy for it.

    WIKIPEDIA: "Mugabe Goodwill Ambassador controversy
    : On 18 October 2017, Tedros Adhanom announced that he had chosen President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe to serve as a WHO Goodwill Ambassador to help tackle non-communicable diseases for Africa.[59] He said Zimbabwe was "a country that places universal health coverage and health promotion at the center of its policies to provide health care to all". Mugabe's appointment was severely criticised, …"

  8. Many people have lost lives , and many could have been saved if WHO acted like it should have rather than incredibly negligent inaction. It placed political pandering over its actual mission. WHO should have "ring the alarm bell loud and clear" back in January. Much blood and lost lives are in your hand, Secretary General. Take responsibility for your catastrophic failure and step down, so real doctor can do their jobs.

  9. When they praised Iran’s response you know there not worth much on calling it out China builds hospitals Iran builds graves

  10. So much changed now Italy Spain. France Ireland in lockdown uk soon but looks like uk approach is very financially motivated and delaying school closing till Easter holidays

  11. WHO is a joke. Give him some pocket money then he will say and do anything he can do for you like he supports one china thing yikes

  12. It’s absolutely concerning with this amount of ignorance in the comment section. People are calling the WHO a Chinese puppet or incompetent. WHO organizes global efforts day and night trying to help people to fight this virus, IN ADDITION to monitoring all the other diseases all over the world. They don’t just look at the health effect but also the social and economy circumstances of a country before making decisions. Plus, the news about severity the coronavirus were already around for quite some time. People should already make their preparations even before this declaration. But most importantly, does it really matter whether the WHO say it’s a pandemic? It’s not going to change what they’re doing anyways at this current stage. They’ve already sounded the alarms again and again. The change of characterization has no impact on the actions that they take. If you’re not prepared it’s your problem, not their.

    Besides if you don’t realize this, the WHO sounded the alarm on the H1N1 outbreak in 2009 and people condemned them for sounding it too early instead of too late. There’s really no perfect timing for this. Give them a break will ya.

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