WHO: Coronavirus pandemic to end in less than 2 years

The World Health Organization has said it hopes the planet will be rid of the coronavirus pandemic in less than two years - faster than it took for the Spanish flu. "We hope to finish this pandemic in less than two years," Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters from the WHO's headquarters in Geneva, insisting that … Continue reading WHO: Coronavirus pandemic to end in less than 2 years

Trump breaks ties with WHO

Last month, President Trump halted US payments to the World Health Organization and accused the world body of botching the initial response to the outbreak of COVID-19. On Friday, he went further, announcing that the US was ending its relationship with the WHO altogether, reports CNN. Trump again accused the organization of being under the sway of Beijing, … Continue reading Trump breaks ties with WHO

Why was WHO slow to declare coronavirus a public health emergency

When U.S. President Donald Trump cut off his government's funding to the World Health Organization (WHO), one of his grievances was that the WHO-under Chinese tutelage-failed to declare the global coronavirus outbreak as a pandemic soon enough. Not long after the virus brought patients to Hubei Provincial Hospital, the Chinese medical and public health authorities brought it to the … Continue reading Why was WHO slow to declare coronavirus a public health emergency

COVID 19: Why the world suspects foul play from China and WHO

On April 14, 2020, U.S. President Donald Trump addressed a news conference at the White House, where he said that his administration would "halt [all] funding" for the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO, founded in 1948, is the principal United Nations agency tasked with the improvement of the health of the world; it is also widely … Continue reading COVID 19: Why the world suspects foul play from China and WHO

Latest updates on COVID-19

The global death toll from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19)has surpassed 251,000, according to Johns Hopkins University. Mainland China has registered, over the past 24 hours, one new case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection; 87 patients have recovered and no deaths have been recorded, the state health committee said in a statement. The number … Continue reading Latest updates on COVID-19

What you should know about COVID-19

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment.  Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop … Continue reading What you should know about COVID-19

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Advice on the safe use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers

To protect yourself and others against COVID-19, clean your hands frequently and thoroughly. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer or wash your hands with soap and water. If you use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, make sure you use and store it carefully. Here are some WHO-approved suidelines on the use of sanitizers: Keep alcohol-based hand sanitizers out … Continue reading Advice on the safe use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers

WHO Chief: Worst of the coronavirus pandemic is yet to come

The director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has warned that the "worst is yet to come" in the global battle against the coronavirus pandemic. Tedros also addressed accusations on the part of US President Donald Trump that the WHO has not been transparent about Covid-19 from the outset of the … Continue reading WHO Chief: Worst of the coronavirus pandemic is yet to come

WHO Chief: Worst of the coronavirus pandemic is yet to come

The director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has warned that the "worst is yet to come" in the global battle against the coronavirus pandemic. Tedros also addressed accusations on the part of US President Donald Trump that the WHO has not been transparent about Covid-19 from the outset of the … Continue reading WHO Chief: Worst of the coronavirus pandemic is yet to come

Trump at war with WHO over coronavirus decisions

The United States president Donald Trump on Tuesday threatened to freeze US funding to the World Health Organization, saying the international group had “missed the call” on the coronavirus pandemic. Trump also played down the release of January memos from a senior adviser that represented an early warning of a possible coronavirus pandemic, saying he had not … Continue reading Trump at war with WHO over coronavirus decisions

WHO warns countries to prepare for coronavirus

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said the coronavirus outbreak has not reached the level of a pandemic but warned countries to step up preparations to deal with such a scenario, as new deaths and infections were reported in the Middle East and Europe. While the global health agency is very concerned about the spread of the virus … Continue reading WHO warns countries to prepare for coronavirus

Coronavirus: Quarantined Russian woman escapes through hospital window

A Russian woman who escaped her coronavirus quarantine by climbing out of a hospital window has defended her decision, saying conditions in the facility were insanitary and she was only detained because of a bureaucratic error. The mother-of-two, from the central city of Samara, posted to Instagram to explain her actions after receiving public criticism. … Continue reading Coronavirus: Quarantined Russian woman escapes through hospital window

WHO explains why coronavirus was renamed COVID-9

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that "COVID-19" will now be the official name of the deadly virus from China, saying the disease represented a "very grave threat" for the world but there was a "realistic chance" of stopping it. "We now have a name for the disease and it's 'COVID-19'," WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told … Continue reading WHO explains why coronavirus was renamed COVID-9

WHO urging nations to issue travel bans on China until coronavirus outbreak is controlled

World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday there was no need for measures that “unnecessarily interfere with international travel and trade” in trying to halt the spread of a coronavirus that has killed 361 people in China. Image: Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus “We call on all … Continue reading WHO urging nations to issue travel bans on China until coronavirus outbreak is controlled

What we can do about child marriage

  There are no major religious traditions that require child marriage. Yet child marriage persists, across many cultures and religions. But it would be wrong to say that child marriage warrants protection as a cultural or religious practice. Governments around the world have overwhelmingly, and independently, decided that child marriage is a grave violation of … Continue reading What we can do about child marriage