I was just now scrolling scrolling scrolling mindlessly on the internet and saw an alert for a live broadcast of the WHO press conference. Of course I watched it.
I know that many of you here have been asking the same questions I have, so I wanted to share with you that they did declare it a global health emergency now. The director of WHO stated very clearly his appreciation for the immediate mobilisation that the government of China put in practice, and also said that the WHO does not advise travel or trade restrictions.
I am unsure how these recommendations work though, as many countries have already introduced travel restrictions exactly. I am also uncertain what happens now that this declaration has been made. I would think that it would make available resources globally, which would not be available otherwise. And also that it would create an environment of international cooperation, communication and support. Please understand though that I know nothing about these processes and procedures, and this is only my small understanding of the situation.
I do not want to be the blogger that profits from panic and news. That is not what this is about. I do know that the world is watching this outbreak very closely, and as the situation is changing rapidly, I wanted to share this info as the info that I find important to know myself.
I am also reaching out to you with this post, because I would like to know what will change with this declaration. As I said, I know nothing of these things but many of my friends and readers here can hopefully share some knowledge.
If you know about these processes, or what it actually means to declare a global health emergency, please let us know!