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“As the Northern Hemisphere enters winter, we see (additional) cases accelerating, especially in Europe and North America,” he said on the WHO official website.
With the increase in cases of the corona virus, the number of people needing hospital beds and intensive care has also increased.
Even so, doctors and nurses already have a much better understanding of how best to treat Covid-19 patients than they did in the early days of the pandemic.
“However, when hospital capacity is reached and exceeded, it is a very difficult and dangerous situation for patients and healthcare workers,” said Tedros.
So, Tedros emphasized, it is important for all governments to focus on the fundamental things that help break the chain of transmission and save lives as well as livelihoods.
This means active case finding, cluster investigations, isolating all cases, quarantining contacts, ensuring good clinical care, supporting and protecting healthcare workers, and protecting the vulnerable.
“We are doing this for the long term. However, there is hope that if we make smart choices together, we can prevent cases, ensure essential health services continue, and that children can still go to school,” said Tedors.
“We all have a role to play,” he added.
When we let our guard down, cases can spike
“Maintain physical distance, wear a mask, wash your hands, cough by covering your mouth with your arm, avoiding crowds and meeting people outside whenever possible,” asked Tedros.