Who Warns Of The Danger Of A New Wave In Europe After The Summer
Europe, where the contagion of coronavirus has risen again for the first time in ten weeks, may experience a new wave of covid-19 in autumn if sanitary measures and individual precautions are not maintained, the World Organization of the Health (WHO).
The 10% rise in cases registered last week was expected due to the lifting of restrictions, but it should serve as a warning, said Kluge, who also spoke of “learning the lesson” of what happened last summer, when the second wave hit many countries harder than the first. “To put it simply: more contagion, more variants; less contagion, fewer variants,” he declared.
Two doses needed against the new variants
The head of Emergencies of WHO-Europe, Catherine Smallwood, spoke that the region is facing “a window of opportunity”, because in many countries the contagion remains at low levels, although in a few there are records of hospitalizations and deaths.
The average coverage of the vaccine (two doses) in the European region (which includes 53 countries, including Russia and some former Soviet republics) is only 24%, and half of the older population and 40% of the health personnel remain unprotected, the WHO stressed.
24% of EU citizens have the full guideline
There is scientific evidence that Pfizer / BioNTech and AstraZeneca preparations work against the Delta variant, although protection is reduced with just one dose. With two, on the other hand, it’s “excellent,” Smallwood explained.
Eurocup and music festivals are concerned
During the appearance, held at the WHO-Europe headquarters in Copenhagen, the experts showed their “concern” about the growing contagion in countries that host the European Football Championship and urged to evaluate the risks and promote mitigation measures.
Kluge stressed that it cannot be excluded that such sporting events function as “super contagion” events and recalled the importance of keeping your distance, washing your hands, and wearing a mask where necessary. “It’s not just the games themselves, but also other events related to the Euro,” Smallwood said.
The WHO expert defends that the main message is that health systems must be ready to respond to strong increases in contagion caused by the Eurocup, which includes increased testing, tracking and sequencing of tests, as well as isolation of those infected .
The WHO however recalled that the danger is not only the Eurocup but also other events that bring together many people during the summer, such as music festivals. “The evolution of covid-19 in the coming weeks and months, whether we are going to see a new wave or whether schools will be able to open their doors to our children, depends on our decisions and actions as individuals, communities, and governments,” Kluge said.