December 01, 2020
The WHO is issuing serious warnings in light of the fear that a new wave of COVID-19 will occur worldwide during the Christmas and New Year holidays.
The World Health Organization (WHO) asked today, in view of the proximity of Christmas and other end-of-year holidays, that large family gatherings and festivities in crowded places be avoided, in order to reduce the spread of COVID- 19.
“It is advisable to celebrate at home, avoid meetings with people from outside of it, and if there are meetings, preferably they should be abroad, with physical distancing and wearing a mask,” said the director general of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom at a press conference Ghebreyesus.
“We all have to ask ourselves if in these circumstances it is necessary to travel, if it is really necessary, because this is the time to stay home and be safe,” he said.
Last week saw the first clear decline in global daily cases since September, thanks to the decline in cases in Europe, but he warned that “what was won can be easily lost” and noted that “this is not a time for complacency, especially now that they are approaching vacations in many countries ”.
“The pandemic will change the way we celebrate the holidays, but it doesn’t mean we can’t do it,” he stressed.
Tedros said he understood that at Christmas many want to be with family and close friends but this year we must take into account the risks that we run with our decisions.
The fear that there will be a new wave of COVID-19 worldwide and the third in Europe, motivates the warning that the agency makes because it considers that the first vaccines against the disease could still take months to be available.
Tedros also recommended “avoiding shopping centers if there are many people in them, trying to go at less crowded hours, and make use of electronic commerce”, especially in this festive and high consumption time.
In another part of his message, he said that those who do travel during the holidays, do not forget to wear a mask in airports, train stations, and on airplanes, trains and buses, washing their hands often.
“If you feel bad, do not travel,” he summarized, and asked the societies that “if this year can not be celebrated normally, make plans to be able to do it later, when it is safe.”
“We know that sooner or later there will be security, the pandemic will end and we all have a role to play in its end,” concluded Tedros.