WHO chief warns against overloading intensive care units

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In view of rapidly increasing numbers of coronavirus infections, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of overloading intensive care units, especially in Europe and North America. “Many countries in the northern hemisphere are currently seeing a worrying increase in cases and hospital admissions,” said WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at a briefing in Geneva yesterday. In some places intensive care units filled up quickly.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 40 million infections have been detected worldwide. More than one million people have died in connection with Covid-19 disease.

Tedros expressed understanding that many people felt a certain “pandemic fatigue”. The psychological and physical strain of working from home and the distance to friends and family was high, he said. Nevertheless, people should not give up now. Above all, the health systems had to be protected and the people who worked for them had to be protected. The WHO chief called on people to take every precaution to avoid infection. Only in this way could further lockdowns be avoided.

hp, Source: ORF.at/agencies. Picture: stockilyapp.com

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