The WHO has assured that COVID-19 will not behave like influenza, which increases and regresses naturally, says the organization’s emergency director, Mike Ryan.
World Health Organization Emergency Director Mike Ryan said Wednesday that COVID-19 may not have natural waves, but will erupt as soon as a society’s control and prevention is diminished.
“People say: second wave, second peak,” there is a perception that the disease would behave a little bit like the flu: it would have a natural peak, then disappear for a while and then return to the other hemisphere of the Earth,” the doctor said in response to the question.
“There is no second wave as such.”
Objecting to this perception, Ryan matched the SARS-CoV-2 to a ball underwater. “If you stop pressing the ball, it will jump. And I think this virus behaves like this… When we push the virus down, we suppress the transmission. When the pressure is released, it recovers. You can call it a second spike or a second wave… for me what happens is that the virus requires sustained pressure,” said Mike.
“I would say that there is no second wave as such, but we are seeing the virus reappear naturally when we take the pressure off,” the specialist insisted.
“The real question is how quickly we react to new cases,” he continued.
You have to react quickly to new infections
“Do not judge countries or declare them to have failed when there are suddenly two or three groups of infected people in the country after a great success. That happens… Look at what countries do in response to those groups. If countries react quickly to the groups, investigate them, locate control measures and see that countries react quickly, quickly and systematically to new groups of the disease, then I think we will be in control again. If they see that countries are ignoring the groups and allowing the disease to get back out of control, then I think we’re going to be in what their listener defined as a ‘second wave,'” Ryan said.