Health Editor’s Note: What if politics and economics had not come into such rapid play the instant people started to get sick with COVID-19 here in America? What if Americans cared about each other and knew that the only way to stop coronavirus was to stop giving it victims upon which to feed? Surely the United States would not be looking at nearly 155,000 deaths. We could have halted the march of the virus if we had ‘shut down’ at the beginning, not during the upswings in cases and deaths and not in the haphazard fashion states have developed. Some states never did come around to the premise of locking down. What could they be thinking?
New Zealand shut down at the beginning of the COVID-19 attack and to date has had 22 deaths, with only one since May 11. Why the huge difference in numbers of deaths? Quite simply the prime minister of New Zealand listened to scientific and medical knowledge and at the point, when facing a previously unknown virus, simply stopped people from being together. The virus passes between humans, stop giving the virus more humans to use to replicate in…..If the virus cannot replicate, it will go away, at least for now.
Political aspirations of a selfish and uncaring Trump made sure that Americans would still be dying, months after our first case of COVID-19…..Carol
Anxious WHO implores world to ‘do it all’ in long war on COVID-19
by Michael Shields and Emma Farge/Reuters
GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization warned on Monday that there might never be a “silver bullet” for COVID-19 in the form of a perfect vaccine and that the road to normality would be long, with some countries requiring a reset of strategy.
More than 18.14 million people around the world are reported to have been infected with the disease and 688,080 have died, according to a Reuters tally, with some nations that thought they were over the worst experiencing a resurgence.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and WHO emergencies head Mike Ryan exhorted nations to rigorously enforce health measures such as mask-wearing, social distancing, hand-washing and testing.
“The message to people and governments is clear: ‘Do it all’,” Tedros told a virtual news briefing from the U.N. body’s headquarters in Geneva. He said face masks should become a symbol of solidarity round the world.
“A number of vaccines are now in phase three clinical trials and we all hope to have a number of effective vaccines that can help prevent people from infection. However, there’s no silver bullet at the moment – and there might never be.”