Source ; npr
COVID-19 could still become a pandemic, the World Health Organization’s Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Monday. But he added that while the respiratory virus’s outbreak hasn’t reached that alarming stage, people must be vigilant to contain a disease that has now been confirmed in 32 countries.
“Does this virus have pandemic potential?” Ghebreyesus asked at a WHO Geneva briefing Monday. “Absolutely, it has. Are we there yet? From our assessment, not yet.”
Ghebreyesus noted that the WHO has already declared COVID-19 to be a global health emergency, a step it took in late January as cases began to rise in China.
Health experts have been warning that a pandemic declaration could be looming, with the disease having spread to so many countries that it’s no longer possible to contain it.