Here's How You 'Outsmart the Virus,' Doctor Says
Dr. Mike Ryan, director of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme, held a news briefing in Geneva on Monday to tell the world his view on the coronavirus outbreak, which has claimed the lives of more than 732,000 people, with nearly 20 million cases reported worldwide. He and his colleague revealed how to "outsmart" the virus—read on to discover how, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
It's Difficult to Stop This Virus
"'This virus is proving exceptionally difficult to stop,' Ryan said, saying that it was important to reflect on what is known about the virus, in terms of the ease of spread, the multiple transmission modes and the existence of asymptomatic and presymptomatic transmission," according to CNN. "This is not an easy virus and not an easy virus, either, to detect. It's not an easy virus to stop," he said. "If you follow the data and the science, you will find, hopefully, the point at which the disease crossed the species barrier," he said.
However, Humans are Smarter Than the Virus
"When we talk about what is the virus trying to do and the virus being an enemy, the virus doesn't have a brain. We're the ones with the brains," he said. "It's brutal in its simplicity. It's brutal in its cruelty. But it doesn't have a brain. We have the brains. And I think Maria"—WHO's technical lead for Covid-19—"may outline how we can outsmart something that doesn't have a brain"—keep reading to hear her advice—"but we're not doing such a great job right now."
Flare-Ups Were Inevitable
"There was always a likelihood that diseases, that we have said—it would spike and there would be flare ups of the virus—because until the virus has gone, there's always a chance of flare-ups," said Ryan. "Countries really need to focus their response on the inevitable flareups, Ryan said—how fast and how effectively they respond to them, and if they are able to shut them down as quickly as possible, and move on to the next flare-up," reports CNN.
We Need to Keep the Pressure On
"I know that's not what people want to hear, but that is the reality," he said. What it has "clearly demonstrated is you take the pressure off the virus, the virus bounces back," Ryan said. "That's the reality. That's the fact. You can call that a second wave, you can call that a second spike, you can call that a flare-up. You can call it anything you like. Take the pressure off this virus, the virus will bounce back," he said.
How to Avoid COVID-19
"We have to do everything that we can to prevent infections and save lives," said Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO's technical lead for Covid-19. "Do it all. Physical distance, wear a mask where appropriate, make sure you practice respiratory etiquette, avoid crowded settings, follow national guidance, be informed. All of this needs to be done every day." And to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 37 Places You're Most Likely to Catch Coronavirus.