Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus menggambarkan Covid-19 as a once-in-a-century health crisis. He said that while globalization has allowed the virus to spread faster than the Spanish flu in 1918, now there is also technology to stop it that was not available a century ago.
“We hope that this pandemic can be resolved in less than two years, especially if we can gather our efforts,” he told a news conference, as quoted from AP, Saturday (22/8/2020).(Read: WHO: Covid-19 Widespread in Citizens in their 20s to 40s)
Meanwhile, WHO’s head of emergency, Dr. Michael Ryan noted that the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic hit the world in three distinct waves and the second wave, which began in the fall of 1918, was the most devastating. But he said it appeared that Covid-19 was not following the same pattern.
“This virus does not show a similar wave-like pattern,” he said. “When the virus gets out of control, it jumps back up,” he explained.
Ryan said that although the pandemic virus often remains in a seasonal pattern, it seems that this is not the case with the Corona virus.(Read: WHO Underestimates the Dangers of Corona Virus Sticking to Food Packaging)