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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-51839944

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The pandemic label - what does it mean?
World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has confirmed that the coronavirus outbreak is now a pandemic after choosing not to use that description for several weeks.

A pandemic is when an infectious disease spreads easily from person to person in many parts of the world.

He said: "WHO has been assessing this outbreak around the clock and we're deeply concerned, both by the alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels of inaction. We have therefore made the assessment that Covid-19 can be characterised as a pandemic."

But he added:

"Describing the situation as a pandemic does not change WHO's assessment of the threat posed by this coronavirus. It doesn't change what WHO is doing, and it doesn't change what countries should do.

"We have called every day for countries to take urgent and aggressive action. We have rung the alarm bell loud and clear."

What does pandemic mean?

  • A pandemic is the worldwide spread of a new disease
  • The H1N1 (swine flu) outbreak, which killed hundreds of thousands of people, was declared a pandemic by the WHO in 2009
  • The WHO no longer formally labels an outbreak of disease a "pandemic" but says the term may be used "colloquially"
  • Its advice to countries - to limit infections while preparing for wider spread - remains the same
 

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I agree that the WHO is far from a perfect organization, but it still makes sense to be involved in it. The current pandemic is not a one off isolated event, there will be others. Not having some sort of advance team to investigate potential outbreaks and response is negligent at best and ignorant. Could they be managed better, certainly, but to just cut them off is detrimental to everyone.
 

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I agree that the WHO is far from a perfect organization, but it still makes sense to be involved in it. The current pandemic is not a one off isolated event, there will be others. Not having some sort of advance team to investigate potential outbreaks and response is negligent at best and ignorant. Could they be managed better, certainly, but to just cut them off is detrimental to everyone.
My biggest problems with them are WE are the biggest funding for them and I don't trust them to tell us the truth, especially when China is involved.
 

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My biggest problems with them are WE are the biggest funding for them and I don't trust them to tell us the truth, especially when China is involved.
Yeah, I’m not happy with the US paying more than everyone else on any issue.
 

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