WHO says COVID-19 pandemic is 'one big wave', not seasonal

WHO says COVID-19 pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has frustrated healthcare workers and scientists owing to its elusive nature, and the new information that keeps coming in as the pandemic progresses.

"The results of this survey in terms of associations between height and diagnosis suggest downward droplet transmission is not the only transmission mechanism and aerosol transmission is possible", Evan Kontopantelis, PhD, from the University of Manchester, said in a statement.

During a press conference in Geneva on Tuesday, WHO spokeswoman Dr. Margaret Harris encouraged people to stop thinking about COVID-19 as a seasonal virus, Reuters reported. Because there is still no vaccine, the governments are calibrating their Covid-19 response while bracing for a potential second wave of the infection.

There have been reports of infections among younger people rising in areas in France and the Netherlands.

People with natural science degrees in the United Kingdom were slightly less likely to get the disease, compared with those in the USA, even when controlling for auto ownership and other socio-economic information, the study added.

"It is people coming together and people, not social distancing, not taking the precautions to ensure they're not in close contact". She urged vigilance in applying measures to slow transmission that is spreading via mass gatherings. "The best thing is to flatten it and turn it into just something lapping at your feet". "What we all need to get our heads around is this is a new virus and. this one is behaving differently", she said.

Harris continued, "Summer is a problem".

"It's a virus that likes all weather".

So far, she said, laboratory samples are not showing high numbers of flu cases, suggesting a later-than-normal start to the season.

A study has found how height affects chances of getting COVID-19.

World Health Organization spokesperson Margaret Harris told reporters via conference call that, contrary to some expectations, the coronavirus will not wane during warmer seasons like the flu would.

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