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WHO Warns That COVID Risk Still High

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The World Health Organization (WHO) warned in a release on Friday that the COVID risk is still high globally as the virus continues circulating.

However, the organization stated that relatively few countries are following infections closely.

As a result, WHO explained that the actual threat due to the coronavirus and its variants could be anything from two to 19 times higher than reports the organization receives.

The agency’s COVID focal point, Dr Maria Van Kerhove, told journalists in Geneva that data from just 50 countries indicates there are still 10,000 deaths per month due to the virus.

“On the positive side, the numbers of deaths have reduced drastically since its peak a couple of years ago,” the senior official said.

According to the WHO release, among the 10,000 deaths reported in December, more than half were from the United States, with a further 1,000 from Italy.

Dr. Van Kerhove suggested that countries were not recording other deaths.

However, according to the WHO release, she said that doesn’t mean they’re not happening.

She also expressed concern about a steep rise in hospitalizations and intensive care unit admissions and warned that these numbers likely increased over the holiday season.

The UN health agency official said that many countries continue to suffer unnecessarily from COVID.

However, she observed that adequate testing, antivirals, appropriate clinical care, oxygen, and vaccination could prevent the problem.

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1 COMMENT

  1. From an article in Zero Hedge, by Tyler Durden:
    “It Just Sort Of Appeared” – Fauci Comes Clean Over ‘Science-less’ Six-Foot-Distancing Rule
    https://www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/it-just-sort-appeared-fauci-comes-clean-over-science-less-six-foot-distancing-rule

    The quote of note:

    Anthony Fauci was asked this question this week in U.S. House hearings on the COVID response.
    Incredibly, he didn’t really know how this came about.

    “It just sort of appeared,” he told the subcommittee, which was an unusual answer since he otherwise said 100 times that he could not remember anything. Here, however, he admits there was never any science behind it.

    That’s extremely peculiar.

    This rule governed all social interaction for two years and more.

    It wrecked every manner of things, made people feel diseased and isolated, made meetings impossible, and gave rise to a whole ritual of interaction that was utterly alien to the normal human way, including elbow bumps and water-gun baptisms.

    It was why schools were so delayed in reopening. They could not guarantee that students would stay apart. It’s why airports were so crowded. Everyone was trying to avoid everyone else. It’s why park benches were roped off, why restroom stalls were operating at 50 percent, and why you could not hold weddings and funerals. This stuff was enforced at all levels of society.

    And yet here is the “nation’s leading infectious disease scientist” who took charge of the pandemic response saying that he has no idea where this idea came from.

    Back in March 2021, the New York Times, of all egregious venues, got curious about this too. Reporter Emily Anthes asked around the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about the mandate and the science behind it.

    She quotes Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health.

    “It never struck me that six feet was particularly sensical [SIC] in the context of mitigation. I wish the C.D.C. would just come out and say this is not a major issue.”

    She wrote that the origin of the six-foot distancing recommendation is something of a mystery.

    “It’s almost like it was pulled out of thin air,” said Linsey Marr, an expert on viral transmission at Virginia Tech University.

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