Coronavirus in the United States can be “overturned,” Maria Van Kerkhove, technical lead for the World Health Organization’s coronavirus response.
“I think it’s important that we express concern when there’s concern, but I do think it’s also important to express some hope, because with this particular pandemic and this virus – this virus is controllable,” Van Kerkhove said.
Her comments come as the US approaches the grim milestone of 200,000 coronavirus deaths. Meanwhile, Johns Hopkins University data shows an uptick in new cases compared to the previous week in a majority of US states.
Van Kerkhove said she knows there is frustration about how long it takes to defeat the virus, and that some places aren’t seeing case numbers go down – but that it is important to keep perspective that it can change.
“I’ve had people call me and say, could you please stop saying” the virus can be defeated, since it’s not under control where live, Van Kerkhove said.
“And what I say to them is, we have seen it over and over and over again, demonstrated over and over and over again, that it can be,” Van Kerkhove said. “And so that’s why we keep encouraging people to do so and laying out the tools – not just saying you can do it, but laying out the tools. And in the United States, this can be overturned … you can overcome this and you will. And I know you will.”