US, WASHINGTON (NEWS OBSERVATORY) — There is currently no evidence that COVID-19 will disappear in the summer, a high-level expert from the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, urging countries to fight the new virus decisively at the present stage.
“We do not yet know what the activity or behavior of the virus will be under different climatic conditions,” said Michael Ryan, executive director of the WHO Health Emergency Management Program, in a daily press briefing, warning against the assumption that the virus will disappear on its own in summer.
“We have to consider that the virus will continue to have the capacity to spread,” he added.
In addition, Mr. Ryan recalled that the disease could appear anywhere on the planet, for example, the Ebola virus very often emerged in Africa, while the last pandemic of H1N1 flu started in North America.
Finally, he called to avoid “blaming culture” and to do whatever is necessary to save lives.
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