World Health Organization experts emphasized on the 2nd that during the Coronavirus pandemic, special attention should be paid to the risk of influenza faced by young children and pregnant women, and called on countries to strengthen influenza surveillance and testing.
Janet Diaz, head of the clinical department of WHO’s health emergency project, emphasized at the press conference that day that young children and pregnant women are at greater risk of severe illness due to influenza, but the proportion of Coronavirus severe diseases is relatively small. If these two types of people do show symptoms of acute respiratory infections, they must be tested first before targeted treatment can be taken.
Maria Van Kelkhoff, the technical leader of the WHO health emergency project, said that although it is still unclear what will happen to the upcoming influenza season in the northern hemisphere, the influenza surveillance system is currently in place. As the Coronavirus pandemic continues to rage, she recommends that people at high risk of flu get flu vaccine this year.
In addition, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was previously determined to work in isolation at home due to contact with people infected with Coronavirus pandemic. He currently has no symptoms of illness. Michael Ryan, the executive director of WHO’s emergency project, said that the director-general is currently in good physical condition. According to WHO’s regulations, he has not yet requested a Coronavirus test. When the test will depend on whether symptoms or other conditions occur.