UNITED NATIONS -- The U.N. health chief says positive results from coronavirus vaccine trials mean the world “can begin to dream about the end of the pandemic.”
But the director-general of the World Health Organization says rich and powerful nations must not trample the poor and marginalized “in the stampede for vaccines.”
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told the General Assembly’s first high-level session on the pandemic that while the virus can be stopped, “the path ahead remains treacherous.”
Tedros said Friday that the pandemic has shown humanity at “its best and worst,” pointing to acts of compassion and scientific achievements but also “signs of self-interest, blame-shifting and divisions.”
Most patients with COVID-19 have mild to moderate symptoms. However, in a small proportion of patients, COVID-19 can lead to more severe illness, including death, particularly among those who are older or those who have chronic medical conditions.
COVID-19 spreads primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Symptoms appear within 14 days of being exposed to an infectious person.
Virginia health officials urged the following precautions:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Avoid contact with sick people.
- Avoid non-essential travel.