By Katie Preece
Who is the WHO…
Quite simply put, WHO stands for World Health Organization, and it’s a division of the United Nations responsible for international public health.
In a 2017 piece titled, “Meet the world’s most powerful doctor: Bill Gates,” Politico wrote: “Some billionaires are satisfied with buying themselves an island. Bill Gates got a United Nations health agency in Geneva. Over the past decade, the world’s second richest man has become the World Health Organization’s second-biggest donor, second only to the United States…This largesse gives him outsized influence over its agenda…The result, say his critics, is that Gates‘ priorities have become the WHO’s.”
The WHO is recommending all “suspect” cases be tested and isolated in an appropriate medical facility.
In some instances they advise all contacts to be quarantined. The WHO also recommends quarantine take place in an area other than the home.
They say we need to go into families and remove those that “may” be sick so we can isolate them in a safe and dignified manner.
Transcript from a WHO COVID-19 briefing that took place on March 30th 2020 in Geneva, Switzerland, according to Rev.com:
Hi. Yes, I can. Thanks for taking my question. I wanted to ask, we’ve seen some different approaches to quarantine in China and in European countries with group quarantine used to good effect in China. Do you think that home quarantine will be as effective anywhere for people who are positive, or would central quarantine be needed in order to have the same success that China had?
Dr. Michael Ryan: (46:28)
Hi. Yeah, just so we get our terms right and we can explain ourselves properly, we tend to use the word isolation for someone who is a case confirmed. We tend to use the word quarantine for someone who’s at risk of being a case, usually a contact. On that basis, we advise that all suspect cases are tested and all suspect cases are isolated in an appropriate medical facility. I think nobody disagrees with that where the capacity exists. When we come to contacts, it very much depends on the context and the intensity of the epidemic at any given moment. In low incidence areas where there are sporadic cases or clusters, we advise that all contacts should be quarantined.
Dr. Michael Ryan: (47:16)
Ideally, that quarantine should occur in a place other than the home. For this reason, one, because if that person gets sick, they may already have infected their family. But that’s not always possible, so at least quarantining contacts at home with good health advice that would not transmitting a disease if they’ve become sick and with regular monitoring of that individual is an option for countries. It is difficult to do that in the middle of intense transmission where you might have hundreds of thousands of contacts, because you’re having tokens of cases a day. It is difficult to deal with that, so home quarantine of contacts is acceptable with appropriate information …
Dr. Michael J. Ryan: (48:03)
…acceptable with appropriate information education; and more importantly, a very rapid system of getting those people out of their homes if they become sick.
Dr. Michael J. Ryan: (49:27)
And at the moment, in most parts of the world, due to lockdown, most of the transmission that’s actually happening in many countries now is happening in the household at family level. In some senses, transmission has been taken off the streets and pushed back into family units. Now, we need to go and look in families to find those people who may be sick and remove them and isolate them in a safe and dignified manner.
Ryan did not mention how such a removing of family members who may be ill from their homes may take place, but what he said is making waves across the Internet. Watch the 35-second clip of his statement below:
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