The incidence of COVID-19 has halved since the beginning of the year. This was announced by the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adanom Gebreisus during a briefing, which was broadcast on Twitter.
According to him, the number of new cases of coronavirus infections has almost halved since the beginning of January, when more than five million infections were registered worldwide per week. By Feb. 8, that number had reached 2.6 million new cases. “This shows that simple public health measures are working even despite the presence of new [coronavirus] varieties,” the head of the organization pointed out.Gebreisus added that the current trend in the coronavirus situation gives more hope that the pandemic can be brought under control. How the global community responds to a decrease in the incidence of the disease will also be important. The WHO chief concluded that the problem has not yet been definitively solved, although it has diminished, and if the fight on either front is stopped, it will return with a deafening thunder.
Earlier, WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan recommended vaccination regardless of whether a person was infected or not. “The immune system recognizes a similar antigen and proteins. So if you were previously infected and now get the vaccine, it will work to strengthen the immune response (…) and you will be much more confident of being protected for a long time,” she explained.