The World Health Organization’s (WHO) special envoy for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) said Europe should follow how Asia is handling the current Covid-19 pandemic.
David Nabarro, the WHO special envoy for Covid-19, even warned Europe of a third Covid-19 wave.
“The reaction in Europe was insufficient,” Nabarro said in an interview carried on Sunday by newspapers in the CH Media Group and by the Swiss news agency Keystone-SDA.
“There was a failure to build the necessary infrastructure in the summer months after getting the first wave under control. And now there is a second wave. If the necessary infrastructure is not built now, there will be a third wave, early next year,” Nabarro warned.
Referring to what Asia has been doing in handling the Covid-19 pandemic, he said: “One has to react quickly to the virus, robustly and decisively. Especially at the start, when the virus is still spreading very slowly in different communities. If you react half-heartedly, the problem will get bigger very quickly.”
The numbers are relatively low in Asia because “people are fully engaged, they take on behaviors that make it difficult for the virus,” said Nabarro.
“They keep their distance, wear masks, isolate when they’re sick, wash hands, and surfaces. They protect the most endangered groups,” he added.
Nabarro also said Asia did not relax restrictions prematurely. “You must wait until case numbers are low and stay low,” he said. “Europe’s reaction was incomplete,” Nabarro further said. SOVEREIGNPH