The Health Minister assures that this is no time to panic, and indeed, he’s right. There’s no need for the people to panic if they are taking the necessary precautions, like wearing face masks, sterilizing their hands, and all the other instructions of the World Health Organization regarding this virus.
There’s no time like the present for the Lebanese government to step up their precautions a notch too, and this is not only a personal opinion.
In fact, the WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Gebresus stressed on Monday 24 February, that the world should do more to contain the outbreak of the new Coronavirus.
He explained that this extra prevention is for the purpose of preparing for a potentially global epidemic. Now, it’s important to focus on that the organization does not consider that the virus has reached the stage of a global pandemic.
However, countries of the world, according to WHO Director-General Adhanom, “must do everything possible to prepare for a possible global pandemic” since the number of victims has exceeded 2600 worldwide.
Again, WHO did not officially declare the outbreak of the Coronavirus as being a pandemic, though fears are rising with a spike of cases in Iran, Italy, and South Korea. Noting that a pandemic is an uncontrolled worldwide spread of a new disease.
WHO refusal of declaring the virus a pandemic brings hope that the spread can still be contained. It also shows that the organization trusts that the world’s countries are willing to take the necessary extra precautions in order to achieve this control.
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