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The world continues to reach extremely sad milestones as the COVID-19 pandemic sickens more and more people.
Today, the United States surpassed 150K known virus-related deaths, and the world is fast-approaching 17 million confirmed cases of the disease.
It's important to note that as infections and deaths continue to rise, this virus has not been affected by the change of the seasons. According to an article published in Reuters yesterday, the World Health Organization explained that the "COVID-19 pandemic is 'one big wave', not seasonal."
The article reads,
"A World Health Organization official on Tuesday described the COVID-19 pandemic as “one big wave” and warned against complacency in the northern hemisphere summer since the infection does not share influenza’s tendency to follow seasons."
"Margaret Harris repeated that message in a virtual briefing in Geneva. “We are in the first wave. It’s going to be one big wave. It’s going to go up and down a bit. The best thing is to flatten it and turn it into just something lapping at your feet,” she said."
"People are still thinking about seasons. What we all need to get our heads around is this is a new virus and...this one is behaving differently,” she said. “Summer is a problem. This virus likes all weather.”
"However, she expressed concern about COVID-19 cases coinciding with normal seasonal influenza cases during the southern hemisphere’s winter, and said the Geneva-based body was monitoring this closely."
Additionally, a report from Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security released today shows that the United States needs to "reset its response" to the virus in order to bring it under control.
An update on CNN this afternoon explains,
"The US needs to reset its response with policy actions at the federal, state and local level to get control of the Covid-19 pandemic, scholars at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security said in a new report Wednesday.
“Unlike many countries in the world, the United States is not currently on course to get control of this epidemic,” the report says. “It is time to reset.”The report includes 10 recommendations that include universal mask mandates, federal leadership to improve testing and, in places where transmission is worsening, stay-at-home orders.
Nonpharmaceutical measures, like universal mask use and social distancing, should be the same in the US as they have been in other successful countries around the world. Without these, it will be difficult to maintain control on outbreaks."
Click here to read the full article in Reuters.
And click here to read the update page for CNN for 7/29.