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Covid-19 is having a "direct, negative impact" on health systems around the world, WHO official says

August 3, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

World Health Organization (WHO) Health Emergencies Programme Director Michael Ryan talks during a daily press briefing on COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, at the WHO heardquaters in Geneva on March 11, 2020. - WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced on March 11, 2020, that the new coronavirus outbreak can now be characterised as a pandemic. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP) (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)

The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted health services around the world, according to officials at the World Health Organization.

“What we’re seeing is a secondary effect, in terms of both provision and access of health care,” Ryan said.

The economic impacts are also having direct impacts “on the loss of purchasing power for many people, in terms of accessing health services in countries where there are user fees,” Ryan said.

“In this case, as health services become less and less accessible, as potential costs and user fees increase, and as people’s disposable income decreases, we fear that people will be making unhealthy choices, or choices not to seek health care because the cost of doing so is so difficult for them and their family,” he said.

It is “very important” to get quick results from coronavirus tests in order to implement the public health measures that are needed to control Covid-19, World Health Organization officials said at a press conference in Geneva on Monday.

“It’s very important that when you have a test that is done, that you have the answers to that test quickly,” said Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO’s technical lead for coronavirus.

Although the infection fatality ratio – or, how many people who are infected with Covid-19 die from it – sounds low, it is actually “quite high,” especially when compared with other pandemics, according to officials at the World Health Organization.

There are different ways that mortality can be calculated, and at this point, many groups are looking at the infection fatality ratio – which is the number of deaths among all the people who have been infected, Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO’s technical lead for coronavirus response, said at a press briefing in Geneva on Monday.

“Right now, we don’t know how many people have been infected because there are challenges with surveillance in detecting every single one of the cases, and certainly there are many unrecognized cases,” Van Kerkhove said.

“We must do everything that we can to prevent ourselves, and those individuals, from getting infected,” Van Kerkhove said.

Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme, put some perspective on the 0. 6% infection mortality rate, saying “that 0. 6% is just over 1 in 200 people infected, potentially dying. ”

Ryan compared this number with the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, where “it was more like 1 in 10,000 or 1 in 100,000,” he said.

“I think they were taking a very prudent step in warning all states to really reexamine exactly where they were in the pandemic, to implement all of those comprehensive measures,” he said.

From what he has seen from reports, Ryan said it is also prudent to be “stepping back some of the measure of reopening, and taking a step back and trying to reset in certain areas back to an earlier stage of virus control. ” 

The state-based planning and implementation guided by the national scientists seems to be the right path,” he said.

Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO’s technical lead for coronavirus response, said, “The United States can turn this around.

Dr. Deborah Birx on Sunday said the US is in a new phase in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic, saying that the deadly virus is more widespread than when it first took hold in the US earlier this year.

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