COVID-19, not close to being over; WHO lists 5 priorities

Amaka E. Nliam

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO).

The World Health Organization (WHO) has listed 5 priorities that every country must focus on to turn the tide on COVID-19, saying that the pandemic is not even close to being over.

Speaking on Monday at the media briefing on COVID-19, the WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said:

“Although a vaccine will be an important long term tool for controlling #COVID19, there are five priorities that every country must focus on now to save lives now.

“We all want this to be over. We all want to get on with our lives. 

“But the hard reality is: this is not even close to being over,” @DrTedros #COVID19.

So, what are these five priorities?

  • Empower communities:  Every individual must understand that there are things everyone should do to protect themselves and others. Physical distancing, hygiene, covering coughs, staying at home if you feel sick, wearing face masks when appropriate, and sharing info from reliable sources.
  • Suppress transmission, by improving surveillance to find #COVID19 cases, tracing and quarantining contacts, while ensuring that #healthworkers have access to training and personal protective equipment.
  • Save lives: Early identification and clinical care saves lives. Providing oxygen and #dexamethasone to people with severe and critical #COVID19 saves lives. Paying special attention to high risk groups, including elderly people in long term care facilities, saves lives. 
  • Accelerate R&D
  • Political Leadership: National unity and global solidarity are essential to implementing a comprehensive strategy to suppress transmission, save lives and minimize the social and economic impact of the virus.

“We have already lost so much, but we can’t lose hope.

“This is a time for renewing our commitment to empowering communities, suppressing transmission, saving lives, accelerating research, and political leadership,” says @DrTedros #COVID19


Amaka E. Nliam



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