WHO declares that Coronavirus is 10 times more deadly than swine flu. Swine flu was a global pandemic back in 2009. To stop the complete transmission there is a need of a vaccine.
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said “nearly 115,000 people are dead and over 1.8 million infected and they were learning something new at all times about the new virus which has brought the world to its knees”
“We know that COVID-19 spreads fast, and we know that it is deadly, 10 times deadlier than the 2009 flu pandemic,” he said in a virtual hearing as per a report in AFP, they says that coronavirus is more deadly than swine flu.
WHO says “swine flu”, or H1N1, killed around 18,500 people. This pandemic was first uncovered in Mexico and the United States in March 2009. The Lancet medical estimated the toll to be between 151,700 and 575,400. It estimated deaths in Africa and Southeast Asia. These deaths were not accounted by the WHO.
Tedros lamented that some countries are seeing the cases of COVID-19, double every three to four days. He stressed that if countries were committed to “early case-finding, testing, isolating (and) caring for every case and tracing every contact” they could rein in the virus.
More than half of the planet’s population is currently staying home as part of efforts to stem the spread of the virus, but Tedros warned that “our global connectedness means the risk of re-introduction and resurgence of the disease will continue”.
He pointed out that while COVID-19 had accelerated quickly, “it decelerates much more slowly.”
“In other words, the way down is much slower than the way up,” he said, stressing that “control measures must be lifted slowly, and with control. It cannot happen all at once.”
“Control measures can only be lifted if the right public health measures are in place, including significant capacity for contact tracing,” he said.