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COVID-19: WHO highlights critical significance of sharing virus sequences

“While we now have had large cholera breakouts before, we have not observed such a large number of simultaneous outbreaks, ” said the WHO SEEM TO chief.     The UN agency is working with the regulators to fill important spaces, including in understanding transition dynamics, the breakdown of increases or decreases within hospitalizations, virus sequencing, plus differences in fatality rates in between urban and rural places.   “This is one of the recommendations that we continue to advise, and we are working with governments to customize the use of this in the correct types of contexts. ”  

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“The world cannot accept this number of deaths when we have the tools to prevent them, ” he mentioned.   “We urge just about all countries now experiencing intensive transmission to increase sequencing , and to share all those sequences , ” he said. Last week, 11, 500 people worldwide died from COVID-19, but “this amount is almost certainly an underestimate given the under-reporting of COVID-related deaths in China and taiwan, ” he added.   A mother in Raqqa city, Syria, collects medicine for her children struggling with diarrhoea and also receives guidelines on how to sterilize water to protect against cholera.

Unacceptable death rate 

Dr . Van Kerkhove explained that coronavirus tranny is dependent on factors such as distance between people, environment, ventilation, time spent within the particular location, and mitigation measures that are in place.   Experts through across WHO are working with alternatives worldwide in the different types of scientific management of cardiac care, brain health and respiratory health.   “To date, the entire confidence in the assessment can be low, as growth advantage estimates are only from one nation, the United States of America. ”  Tedros started the briefing by celebrating the end of the Ebola pandemic in Uganda.     Although many people recover from the disease, a few patients have persistent signs and symptoms across many different body internal organs, and over long periods of time, providing way to the condition, commonly known as “long COVID. ”  “There is also a shift in the definition away from COVID pneumonia as the reporting illness, to COVID infection since the main basis for condition reporting, and we hope that that will encourage more confirming – and more reporting in order to WHO of the true situation on the ground in China, ” said Dr . Ryan.  

A mother in Raqqa city, Syria, collects medicine for her children suffering with diarrhoea and also receives instructions on how to sterilize water to guard against cholera.
In the mean time, more research is still needed to better understand the burden of post-COVID-19 condition on individual health globally.  

A WHO advisory group has published an assessment of the new Omicron subvariant XBB. 1 . 5, which first emerged final October.  

Popular cholera outbreaks 

WHO has already published a case definition for long COVID, which is being adapted to pay children, but she said “there is much more work that should be done in this space, which includes recognition, analysis and rehabilitation . ”  Since February 2022, the number of COVID-19 deaths reported each week has slipped by nearly 90 per cent, but they have been hovering in between 10, 000 and 14, 000 since mid-September.   © UNICEF/Delil Souleiman “Based on its genetic characteristics and early growth rate estimates, XBB. 1 . five may contribute to increases just in case incidence , ” stated the Technical Advisory Group on Virus Evolution (TAG-VE).   Syria, Haiti and Malawi are amongst 31 countries battling destructive cholera outbreaks that are both more common and deadly than normal .  

China wedding continues 

Most deaths are among at-risk organizations, with people 65 and old accounting for almost 90 % of all deaths reported over the last six months of 2022.   “What we are focusing on is making sure that there is recognition of post-COVID-19 condition, by which this can be described and analyzed, ” said Dr . Nancy Van Kerkhove, the agency’s lead on COVID-19.   “The common denominator for many of the outbreaks is climate-related events , for example storms, floods and droughts. ”   “WHO still believes that deaths are greatly underreported from China, and this is in relation to the meanings that are used but also to the need for doctors and those reporting in the public health program to be encouraged to document these cases and not frustrated, ” said Dr . Paul Ryan, Executive Director.   He also commended China’s efforts, citing measures for example expanding designated beds in intensive care units plus prioritizing the use of antivirals in the early course of the disease.  

‘Long COVID’ burden 

Countries are also urged to provide better data on who may be dying from the disease. Currently, just 53 out of 194 nations provide data which is disaggregated by age plus sex.   He also welcomed the particular adoption this week of a Security Council resolution extending cross-border aid delivery into northwest Syria from Türkiye for another six months.   Sequences were reported from 38 nations, though mainly from the Usa.   “Since the peak of the Omicron influx, the number of sequences being shared has fallen by more than 90 % , and the number of nations sharing sequences has dropped by a third, ” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, talking during his latest press briefing.     WHO has encouraged people everywhere to still wear masks, such as in crowded rooms or even in places where venting is poor or not identified.  

Mask up indoors 

“There’s a number of other factors that are important as well, but masks are one of the steps that we recommend when you are inside when you cannot distance , ” she said.   WHO continues to appeal for more information from China concerning its ongoing COVID-19 surge.   The WHO chief recalled that the first sequence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that triggers COVID-19 , was shared with the world three years ago, which enabled  the development of tests and vaccines against the disease. Tedros also emphasized the importance of testing , which is critical both with regard to tracking  variants and making sure at-risk people receive adequate care.  


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