The new coronavirus is ten times more deadly than the virus responsible for influenza A (H1N1) which appeared in late March 2009 in Mexico, the world health authorities announced on Monday, calling for a “slow” deconfinement.
“Data collected in several countries gives us a clearer picture of this virus, of its behavior, and how to stop it. We know that COVID-19 is spreading fast and we know it’s deadly: 10 times more than the virus responsible for the influenza pandemic in 2009, said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, during a virtual press conference in Geneva.
More than half of the planet’s population currently staying at home as part of an effort to stem the spread of the virus, but Tedros warned that “our global connectivity means that the risk of disease recurrence and resuscitation will continue.”
WHO also believes that the development of a “safe and effective” vaccine was necessary to completely interrupt the transmission of COVID-19, which killed nearly 115,000 people worldwide. “The era of globalization means that the risk of the reintroduction and rise of COVID-19 will continue. Ultimately, the development and distribution of a safe and effective vaccine will be required to completely interrupt transmission, ”said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
The vaccine is considered to be at least 12 to 18 months away.