WHO Warns a “Second Peak” is Coming

May 29, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce

Last modified June 1, 2020

During a recent press briefing from the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization’s emergencies program, said the world could see a “second peak” of COVID-19 cases before a presumed second wave comes this fall.

Dr. Ryan commented the world is still in the middle of the first wave, citing areas like Africa and South Asia where cases are steadily rising. He warned against making any assumptions about the pandemic’s trajectory, simply because cases are falling in some areas. Countries cannot assume they will have a few months to get ready for a second wave.

“We need to be cognizant of the fact that the disease can jump up at any time,” he said. “We may get a second peak in this wave… It is crucial for countries to implement a comprehensive strategy involving testing, surveillance, and other public health measures to ensure we continue to have an immediate downward trajectory in cases,” Dr. Ryan concluded.

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