According to the World Health Organization, COVID-19 is ten times deadlier than swine flu. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, in a virtual briefing from Geneva, states that the agency is constantly learning about the ‘new virus sweeping the globe’. To date, the world has over 1.8 million infected and 115,000 casualties.
“We know that COVID-19 spreads fast, and we know that it is deadly, 10 times deadlier than the 2009 flu pandemic,” states WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
WHO says 18,500 people died of swine flu, or H1N1, first discovered in Mexico and the United States in 2009. The Lancet Medical estimated the toll to be between 151,700 and 575,400 – in an article published by The Straits Times. The swine flu outbreak was declared a pandemic in June 2009 and over by August 2010.
To date, people from around the globe have resorted to staying at home to keep infection at bay. Moreover, WHO acknowledges that the delivery of a safe and effective vaccine is needed to fully interrupt transmission. By far, a vaccine is assumed to be 12 to 18 months away.
“Control measures can only be lifted if the right public health measures are in place, including a significant capacity for contact tracing,” adds the director-general.