WHO warns of “high risk” that Europe will experience a third wave

WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

The European region of the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned this Wednesday that Europe is in “high risk” of suffering a new wave of infections of Covid-19 in the first weeks and months of 2021, which is why he has advised the population to wear masks at family gatherings in the face of the Christmas holidays.

“Despite some fragile advances, Covid-19 transmission in Europe remains widespread and intense. There is a high risk of a new resurgence in the first weeks and months of 2021, so we will have to work together if we want to be successful in preventing it, “they have pointed out from the agency.

For this reason, the WHO has highlighted the need for all citizens to fulfill their obligation to avoid a new resurgence of cases and that “don’t underestimate” the importance of your decisions because these can influence the future evolution of the pandemic.

However, and despite the risks, the United Nations body has recalled that there are some simple measures to comply with that society can carry out so that Christmas is celebrated in the “safest way possible”.

Specifically, WHO has advised postpone or reduce religious celebrations and Christmas markets in countries with generalized community transmission, although he has highlighted the importance that in those countries with a lower contagion rate they are held outdoors, guaranteeing physical distancing, hand hygiene and the use of masks.

In meetings indoors, even the smallest ones, the WHO recalled that they can be especially “dangerous” because they bring together groups of people, young and old, from different households that may not all be following the same infection prevention measures.

“Meetings should be held outdoors, if possible, and participants should wear masks and maintain physical distance. If held indoors, limiting group size and ensuring good ventilation is essential to reduce the risk of exposure It can be uncomfortable to wear masks and practice physical distancing when with friends and family, but doing it contributes significantly to ensuring that everyone remains safe and healthy“, stressed the WHO.

Regarding travel, the agency has recommended avoiding any means of transport that may be “crowded”, as well as following the recommendations of the health authorities, indicating to them that they should limit, postpone or cancel mass meetings in the current European transmission context.

Finally, and in relation to the latter, the WHO has asked countries to adapt the configuration of activities related to skiing to eliminate the possibility of overcrowding, especially indoors. “Skiing does not spread Covid-19, but they do the crowded mountain resorts. While marking this year’s vacation may seem different, we can still make the most of it. We wish everyone a happy and restful winter break. Play it safe and stay healthy “, has settled.


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