The World Health Organization (WHO) has observed that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads less efficiently than the influenza virus or the flu virus.
However, the WHO also found that the disease caused by COVID-19 is more serious than that of the flu.
In a media release on Tuesday, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated: "COVID-19 spreads less efficiently than the flu and the transmission does not appear to be controlled by people who are not ill while in the case of influenza People who are infected but not yet sick are the main drivers of the transmission. "
WHO relies on data compiled on the virus to get a clearer picture of the evolving situation. The WHO chief remarked, "As we get more data, we understand this virus and the disease that causes it more and more."
He added: "This virus is not a SARS, it is not a MERS and it is not an influenza. It is a unique virus with unique properties. Both COVID-19 and influenza cause respiratory diseases and spread in the same way through small liquid droplets the nose and mouth of someone who is sick, but there are some important differences between COVID-19 and influenza. Some countries are looking for cases of COVID-19 that use surveillance systems for influenza and other respiratory diseases. "
According to WHO data from China, 1 percent of reported COVID-19 cases show no symptoms, and the majority of these cases develop symptoms within two days.
A total of 90,893 cases of COVID-19 infection and 3110 deaths have been reported worldwide.
According to the WHO, China has reported 129 cases in the past 24 hours. This is the lowest number of cases since January 20. Outside of China, 1,848 cases were reported from 48 countries, of which 80 percent were just cases from three countries – the Republic of Korea, the Islamic Republic of Iran and Italy.
Meanwhile, 12 new countries have reported their first cases, and there are now 21 countries, one of which has been reported. At least 122 countries have reported no cases.
"There are still no vaccines or therapeutic agents to cure the disease. It can be curbed, so we have to do everything we can to curb it. That is why the WHO recommends a comprehensive approach," said Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
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