The World Health Organization (WHO) affirmed what many people have been claiming for many weeks by today's declaration of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), a pandemic - acknowledgment that the pathogen could effect every person in the entire world.
With the WHO declaration of COVID-19 as a global pandemic, the international health authority called on world governments to change the course of the outbreak by taking "urgent and aggressive action", the BBC-News reported.
Director General of the WHO, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, noted: "Several countries have demonstrated that this virus can be suppressed and controlled"..."The challenge for many countries who are now dealing with large clusters or community transmission is not whether they can do the same - it's whether they will."
Since showing up in China, COVID-19 has now transcended borders infecting some 115,800 people worldwide, including a growing 1,000 in the United States (US) and has killed 4,200 across the globe. As reported cases of the pathogen are decreasing in China, which closed cities to contain the epidemic, increasing numbers of infections are being recorded in Japan, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Germany, France and the US>
Italy, following similar actions done in China to contain the Novel Coronavirus, has closed down its territory and closed businesses except for pharmacies and supermarkets. Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel has said the virus could infect up to 70% of the German population, a number of some 58-million people. And in the US, New York State has called in the National Guard to assist in deep cleaning public areas in the town of New Rochelle, Westchester County, in an attempt to contain the virus within a large cluster of the virus outbreak, with school there being shuttered for two weeks.
As a leading American disease expert told Congress today that there will be more confirmed cases of the virus in the US - that "things will get worse", the WHO offered a ray of hope in determining: "This is the first pandemic that can be controlled" via prevention, preparedness, public health, political leadership and the people.