Snow fell during a storm at the Iwo Jima Memorial site in Arlington, Virginia, USA, last January. Photo: BETWEEN PHOTOS / REUTERS / Tom Brenner / aww.
This situation has the potential to occur in parts of the northern hemisphere, when the flu season comes a few months away during winter.
“We are starting to see an alarming trend in some countries,” said WHO’s Technical Chief for COVID-19, Maria Van Kerkhove, in a broadcast via social media.
“We are seeing an increase in hospitalizations, in intensive care units, particularly in Spain, France, Montenegro, Ukraine and several US states,” said Van Kerkhove.
“That’s worrying because we haven’t seen flu season coming,” he added.
Van Kerkhove also said hospitalization cases, among patients aged 15-49 and infected with COVID-19, were increasing in several countries.
Mike Ryan, the WHO’s top emergency expert, advises people who are at high risk of contracting COVID-19 to get the flu shot.
According to WHO records until Wednesday (16/9) yesterday, globally there were 29,444,198 confirmed cases of COVID-19.