COVID-19 slower than flu but more dangerous: WHO
WHO Director-General, Tedros Adnom Ghebayeus said, “COVID-19 spreads less efficiently than the flu, and transmission is not driven by people who are not sick, while in the case of influenza, people who are infected but right now. They are not ill until they are the main driver of the transmission. “
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has noted that the new coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads less efficiently than influenza or flu virus. Still, the WHO also noted that the illness caused by COVID-19 is more critical than that of the flu.
The WHO is relying on data collected on the virus to obtain a clearer picture of the situation as it unfolds. The WHO chief noted, “as we get more data, we are understanding this virus, and the disease it causes, more and more.”
He continued, “This virus is not SARS, it’s not MERS, and it’s not flu. It is a different virus with unique characteristics. Both COVID-19 and influenza cause respiratory disease and spread the same way, via small droplets of fluid from the nose and mouth of someone infected. However, there are some significant differences between COVID-19 and influenza. Some countries are studying for cases of COVID-19 using surveillance systems for influenza and other respiratory conditions.”
According to evidence collected from China, which WHO observed, 1% of the reported COVID-19 cases do not represent symptoms, and the majority of such cases lead to developing symptoms within two days. A total of 90,893 cases of COVID-19 infections and 3110 deaths have been reported globally.
As per data published by the WHO, China reported 129 cases over the past 24 hours, which is the lowest number of cases since January 20. Outside China, 1848 cases were reported from 48 countries, of which, 80 percent of cases are from just three countries – the Republic of Korea, the Islamic Republic of Iran and Italy.
While, 12 new countries have reported their first cases, and there are now 21 countries with one case reported from each country. At least 122 countries have not announced any cases.
“There is no vaccine or therapeutic disease yet. It can be contained – that’s why we can do everything to include it. That’s why the WHO recommends a comprehensive approach. Is, “said Ghebreyesus.