WHO Says COVID-19 Pandemic Is One Big Wave, Not Seasonal

Grant Boone
July 30, 2020

"So, each season does not seem to be affecting the transmission of this virus now", said the World Health Organization spokeswoman.

"People are thinking about seasons", she explained, pointing to the rise in variety of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. over the summer.

For months, health officials in Canada and around the world have described COVID-19 cases in "waves" and encouraged the public to help "flatten the curve" ahead of an anticipated "second wave" this fall.

With countries like India hugely affected by COVID-19 in the periods of March to July, Which is like the peak summer season, it is evident that summer heat certainly can't stop coronavirus.

"What is affecting the transmission is mass gatherings, it's people coming together, and people not social distancing, not taking the precautions to ensure they are not in close contact", she said. "What we all need to get our heads around is this is a new virus and. this one is behaving differently", she said.

However, she expressed concern about COVID-19 cases coinciding with normal seasonal influenza cases during the southern hemisphere's winter, and said the Geneva-based body was monitoring this closely.

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Referring to the "belief" that the risk of infection is lower in summer, she repeated: "Summer is a problem".

The comments came as Boris Johnson indicated that the United Kingdom could impose quarantine restrictions on further European countries if a "second wave" of coronavirus hits the continent, following the country's decision to impose a mandatory quarantine for tourists returning from Spain.

Sarah, a 32-year-old who works for a non-profit foundation in Paris, said that she sees just as many people as before, and has since at least June when bars and restaurants reopened in France. It's going to go up and down a bit'.

"Now the interesting thing is we are seeing from those samples, high levels of COVID, but we're not seeing high levels of influenza at the moment".

Debates have been continually going on to determine whether the illness will have a second wave either by resurgence or seasonal outbreaks. "So, we're expecting a later flu season in the southern hemisphere".

"You don't know where your outbreak is if you're not testing people".

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