The World Health Organization (WHO) are advising people to “prepare for more surges” of Covid later this year.
Dr David Nabarro is advising the British public over the “three P words,” to “prepare, prevent and to protect” those who are “most at risk.”
Appearing on Sky News, presenter Niall Paterson asked Dr Nabarro, “Should we all be looking ahead to what it might be coming down the pipeline in autumn and winter this year?
“We have always seen that deep over the summer because respiratory illnesses are transmitted the same way.
“But should we be preparing for a surge coming later on this year?,” he asked Dr Nabarro.
Dr Nabarro said, “Absolutely, my language is like this.”
He said, “Prepare for your surges, prevent transmission when the virus is around and protect people who are most at risk.”
“Three P words, I believe people are the solution,” he added
He said, “With those concepts of preparing, preventing and protecting we will be able to deal with this.”
Nabarro added, “There will be surges and people in the hospitals and public health officers are already hard at work because the know what is coming down the pipe, as you say.”
Referencing China’s zero tolerance approach to the extremely strict covid lockdown in Shanghai, WHO chief said, “I think it will take a few months for leaders around the world to come together and work out the best way to deal with covid.
“Right now there is still a bit of debate ‘do you try to prevent covid completely with really strong measures as applied in China or you basically let things go and let the virus do what it wants to do.”
Dr Nabarro explained the WHO guidance over Covid, he said, “Those of us in the World Health Organization what we tend to do is say ‘look it is a middle path’
“That middle path is to keep that virus back and to stop it just infecting everybody because it can have long-term effects”, WHO chief explained.
“At the same time, however, try not to lockdown the whole society”
“Because the economical and social consequences are terrible”
Nabarro added, “And it is that middle path than more and more countries are moving to”