WHO advises against lockdowns, says virus may resurge later
HEALTH | MARCH 22, 2020:
The World Health Organization has advised against lockdowns to combat the covid-19 pandemic arguing that the virus may resurge later if sufficient public health measures were not taken simultaneously.
Mike Ryan, the top emergency expert of the WHO in an interview to BBC on Sunday said that countries can't merely lock down themselves to fight the coronavirus outbreak, adding that there need to be public health measures to avoid a resurgence of the deadly virus later on.
"What we really need to focus on is finding those who are sick, those who have the virus, and isolate them, find their contacts and isolate them," Ryan said. The danger right now with the lockdowns … if we don't put in place the strong public health measures now, when those movement restrictions and lockdowns are lifted, the danger is the disease will jump back up."