Director basic Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said avoiding infection outbreaks “comes down to the basics” of public health and disease control.
Speaking throughout a media rundown on Monday, he stated: “We learn every day about this virus and I’m pleased that the world has actually made development in determining treatments that can help people with the most major forms of Covid-19 recover.”
He continued: “A number of vaccines are now in stage three clinical trials and all of us want to have a number of effective vaccines that can assist prevent people from infection.
” Nevertheless, there’s no silver bullet at the moment and there may never ever be.
” For now, stopping break outs comes down to the essentials of public health and illness control.
” Screening, isolating and dealing with clients, and tracing and quarantining their contacts. Do it all.”
The news comes as David Nabarro, one of the WHO’s unique envoys on Covid-19, explained a quick test that can identify coronavirus within minutes as a “life-changer”.
A test that provides results in minutes is essential in order to live with the virus, Mr Nabarro stated, and the test may be readily available prior to the end of the year.
The present tests being used in the UK are PCR (polymerase domino effect) tests, and while the majority of people get their results within 24 hours, it can use up to 72 hours.
Mr Nabarro said lockdown is a “crude” method of handling the spread and more sophisticated measures are needed.
” The very best way to deal with this virus is to determine individuals with the disease really quickly, and to isolate them, to discover their contacts and separate them, so interrupting transmission,” he said.
” And after that breaking the chain of transfer from person to person, and then to break the clusters that build up, and to suppress outbreaks.
” Now the only way you can do that is by understanding where the virus is. And the only way to understand where the virus is, is to have a very rapid point-of-contact test that is reliable.”
He added: “A quick test that is reputable, that can be utilized anywhere, is the absolute requirement now – it’s more vital than practically anything else.”
The health expert said the test may be available in the next 3 months.
” Something like this may be readily available by Christmas,” he said.
” I’m trying very difficult not to get into that sort of forecast, but it’s not an unreasonable proposal supplying that the needed funding is available.”