WHO spokesperson sheds light on 'second peak' of coronavirus


We approach one hundred thousand deaths from the coronavirus here in the US the world's top health officials are warning that coronavirus infections could go back up in the middle of this current outbreak they're worried about countries including the United States lifting restrictions too quickly this is separate from the so called second wave expected to happen in the fall here's Dr Michael Ryan the director of the world health organization's emergencies program speaking yesterday we cannot make assumptions that just because the disease is on the way down now that it's on them it's going to keep going down and then we're going to get a number of months to get ready for a second way we may get a second peak in this way I'm joined now by Dr Margaret Harris a member of the WHO's coronavirus response team and a W. H. O. spokesperson thank you so much for being with us doctor hers thank you very much for having me Rachel can you just explain more what the concern is about a potential second peak in in infections during this current moment this current outbreak so we sing with different countries quite different patents and what needs to be understood is this coronavirus is not the flute so a lot of people have put what a cold the flu lens on their expectations they keep on thinking it's seasonal but if you look around the globe we've got countries in the middle of the summer and autumn having large large outbreaks so we're not seeing a seasonal Patton what we are seeing is indeed when people ease too quickly that they do then C. and a rise in infections so we certainly don't say you have to be a lockdown but we're saying he's carefully so what are you advising the U. S. and other countries to do to prevent a second peak so first we'll know your transmission and this is because the US is a huge country you've got many many different states communities cities experiencing very different transmissions so they all have their own outbreaks at different stages so they're full of course they need to pace it according to what's really going on so how do you know that you have to be testing you have to be tracking and you have to have a very clear on his own what's happening with the transmission in your community so as you can pick your moment has the W. H. O. Boenning conversation with the trump administration about the urgent need for more testing wearing conversation with administrations with health authorities with health experts around the world all the time these discussions go on continuously but I don't have to tell you about the tension between the United States the trump administration and the WHL president trump has threatened to pull U. S. funding for the WHL or just leave altogether I mean given those tensions are you concerned that the US is not heeding the advice of the guidance from the WHL the US is a fantastic partner and the US has got extraordinary depths of great scientific expertise that they sort of tensions obviously are concerned and we do not want to have the U. S. leave we know the world benefits enormously from the public health leadership and the role the US is always played and we hope that will continue I want to ask you about clinical trials for the drug hydroxy Clark one of this is a drug that president trump has touted publicly the W. H. O. announced this week that it's temporarily stopping clinical trials of that drug why so there was a large observational study that was published in the lancet last week when they looked at people who were taking a number of medications and they found that there was an increased incidence in negative outcomes including death but also how to reach me is so it's essentially nobody will be randomized while that safety data is being reviewed president trump says he's been taking Hydroxycut workman for some weeks as a preventative measure against covered nineteen is the W. H. O. advising physicians not to prescribe Hydroxycut Laura Quinn either preventively or to cover nineteen patient so we advise physicians to prescribe hydro Sickler queen full the things that it's used for normally in the normal population such as autoimmune disorders we are not looking at it as a preventive or prophylactic measure and finally I mean we saw new Zealand's prime minister Jacinda Ardern celebrate the fact that that country currently has no one in the hospital being treated for covert nineteen they have turned the corner on this and then you look at the United States which is perhaps going to suffer a second peak in the current outbreak what is the state of affairs right now when you when you take a a broad look at the the global impact of this pandemic where are we now we are really seeing very very large outbreaks in many parts of the world so in fact last week every day we recorded the largest number of new cases that we had seen so one of the issues is when people see their particular outbreak coming down they think oh well that's done done and dusted but that is not the case certainly countries like New Zealand has shown what can be done with very clear communication very clean structure very clear decisions on what to do when and how and there's very very strong commitment by everyone in the community Dr Margaret Harris is a member of the WHO's coronavirus response team thank you for your time we appreciate it thank you

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