Areas Where Coronavirus Cases Are Declining Could Witness Second Peak, WHO Says

Given that they let go of their safety measures too soon, countries and areas where coronavirus infections are declining could still face a second peak sooner than later, according to the newest update from the World Health Organization.

WHO Warns Of ‘Second Peak’ In Areas Where COVID-19 Infections Slowed Down

Months after the initial outbreak, some countries like Vietnam and New Zealand managed to stop COVID-19 in its tracks, thanks to cooperation between the government and its people as well as strict safety measures that were put in place.

To that end, however, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently stated that even if these countries managed to slow down COVID-19 infections, the possibility of a second wave is still there, especially if they let up their measures too soon.

This is because, according to WHO Emergencies Head Dr. Mike Ryan, while some countries have declining cases, the majority of the world is still in the middle of a pandemic and some nations like Central and South America, South Asia and Africa still have increasing cases.

According to Ryan, epidemics usually come in waves, meaning that outbreaks that came earlier this year and have subsided can still come back later on. As such, there’s a chance that infection rates can rise again if measures to halt the first wave are stopped too soon.

“When we speak about a second wave classically what we often mean is there will be a first wave of the disease by itself, and then it recurs months later. And that may be a reality for many countries in a number of months’ time. But we need also to be cognizant of the fact that the disease can jump up at any time,” Ryan said. “We cannot make assumptions that just because the disease is on the way down now it is going to keep going down and we are get a number of months to get ready for a second wave. We may get a second peak in this wave.”

As such, countries in Europe and North America should continue observing surveillance and safety measures to help cushion a possible second peak.

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