Covid-19: WHO’s new rules for the final phase

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The world is slowly recovering from a pandemic, Covid-19, that has held it in its grip for two years. Everyone has seen their lives changed by this disease, even if they were not directly infected. More than three years after the pandemic outbreak, WHO has decided to launch its fourth strategic plan for pandemic management, aimed primarily at preventing further contagions in high-risk areas of the world. As the international emergency declared in early 2020 ends, the world’s top health authority is formulating five essential points to avoid returning to the situation we found ourselves in recently.

Covid-19, some critical issues remain
WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus spoke about the current status of the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, and his words, reproduced by Sky, are “a return to normality in most countries,” but at the same time, “the persistence of some critical issues related to the evolution of the virus that make it difficult to predict the future dynamics of virus transmission or its seasonality.”

State of emergency to end soon
On January 30, 2020, an international state of emergency was declared because of the spread of the pandemic. Now the world is waiting for the organization’s committee to decide on the end of the state of emergency, which should happen soon. WHO’s next step is a five-point plan to move the world from a state of emergency to long-term pandemic management.

Fourth strategic plan ready
To get everything under control, WHO has just released the fourth global strategic plan for preparedness, preparedness, and response to Covid-19. These guidelines will cover the period 2023-2025.

The five points of the WHO plan
WHO is trying to teach all countries how to deal with the pandemic after the state of emergency is lifted. So, in a normal phase, the goal is to develop certain habits and behaviors to prevent further outbreaks. The pillars on which this plan is based are collaborative surveillance, community protection, safe and flexible care, access to countermeasures, and emergency coordination.

Never forget the importance of vaccines
However, experts point out that vaccines saved the world from the pandemic and remain the most important and best way to prevent covid-19.

The words of the WHO director
The previous plan, launched in 2022, had two clear goals: to stop the spread of Sars-CoV-2 and to diagnose and treat Covid-19 to reduce mortality. To that plan is now added “helping countries transition from an emergency response to a long-term phase of control, management and prevention of Covid-19 ” Ghebreyesus said in a Sky report.

Long covid care is a priority
According to data collected by WHO, about 6% of infected people still suffer from the symptoms of the so-called “Long Covid,” the after-effects of the disease that can manifest themselves in different ways, but mainly through severe fatigue and some other seasonal infections. Treating people suffering from these symptoms is one of the main points of the WHO’s new plan.

Do not become careless
The WHO’s No. 1 official concluded his report by urging all countries not to let their guard down against Covid-19 and to maintain “sufficient capacity, preparedness and flexibility during waves of Covid-19.”

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