The World Health Organization has declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern “2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease”.
“This is the time for science, not rumors,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in making the announcement during the meeting of the agency’s emergency committee. “This is the time for solidarity not stigma.”
What this means
The PHEIC declaration raises levels of international support, enhances diplomatic efforts and security, and makes more money available to support medical response teams throughout the world.
“We don’t know what sort of damage this virus could do if it spread in a country with a weaker health system,” Tedros said.
What does Public Health Emergency of Intl Concern means?— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) January 30, 2020
WHO issues temporary recommendations. These are non-binding but practically & politically significant measures that can address travel, trade, quarantine, screening, treatment. WHO can also set global standards of practice
“We don’t know what sort of damage this #2019nCoV virus could do if it were to spread in a country with a weaker health system.— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) January 30, 2020
We must act now to help countries prepare for that possibility”-@DrTedros
At the time of the announcement, there were 7,922 confirmed cases worldwide, including 170 fatalities.
Previous Health Emergency of International Concern Declarations
WHO has issues 5 previous declarations including, the 2009 Swine flu declaration, the 2014 Polio declaration, the 2014 Ebola declaration, the 2016 Zika virus declaration and the 2018–20 Kivu Ebola declaration.