WHO urges China to reinstate masks, social distancing and stay home when sick amid outbreak of mysterious respiratory disease

WHO urges China to reinstate masks, social distancing and stay home when sick amid outbreak of mysterious respiratory disease

The World Health Organization has urged China to reinstate masks, social distancing and stay home when sick, amid an outbreak of a mysterious respiratory illness.

Cases of “undiagnosed pneumonia” were detected in hospitals in Beijing and Liaoning, a province 800 kilometers northeast of the capital.

Health facilities are “overwhelmed with sick children” and classes are about to be suspended, according to local news.

Infected children experience lung inflammation and high fever.

The situation prompted an alert from ProMed, a disease surveillance system that also sounded the alarm of a mysterious infection in Wuhan in the final days of 2019, which would later emerge as the global Covid pandemic.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has urged residents to wear face coverings, stay away from sick people and stay home if they feel unwell. He also called on the famously opaque nation to share “detailed information” about the outbreak.

Chinese authorities first reported a rise in respiratory illnesses at a press conference on November 13, which they attributed to the lifting of lockdown restrictions.

Authorities have blamed Mycoplasma pneumoniae, a bacteria that causes lung infections, as well as respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and Covid, for the rise in illness.

Then ProMed this week reported clusters of undiagnosed pneumonia in children.

An editor’s note about the alert says: “This report suggests a widespread outbreak of an undiagnosed respiratory illness… It is not at all clear when this outbreak began, as it would be unusual for so many children to be affected so quickly.

“The report does not say that any adults were affected, suggesting some exposure in schools.

‘ProMed awaits more definitive information on the etiology and scope of this concerning disease in China.’

The WHO said it has now called on China to share data on these patients, recent trends in virus circulation and pressures on hospitals.

The UN health agency said it is also in contact with doctors and scientists in an attempt to understand the situation.

Meanwhile, it urged people in China to “follow measures to reduce the risk of respiratory illnesses”.

These include ‘vaccination recommended; keep distance from sick people; stay home when you are sick; undergo examinations and receive medical care as needed; wear masks as appropriate; ensuring good ventilation; and regular hand washing,’ the WHO said.

Source: www.lindaikejisblog.com

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