Covid-19, World News

WHO Situation Report as of March 18


The World Health Organization has been keen on publishing situation reports and has mapped Covid-19 incidents worldwide. In its most recent Situation Report, March 18, the World Health Organization reports that one new country/territory/area (European Region 1) has reported cases of Covid-19.

All in all (as of the March 18 Situation Report of WHO), there are a 191,127 + 15,123 total confirmed cases and 7,807 + 786 total deaths – including the International Conveyance Diamond Princess. In the Philippines, there are 187 + 45 confirmed cases with 12 total deaths. Read more: WHO Situation Report March 18

In terms of preparedness and response, WHO has developed interim guidance for laboratory diagnosis, advice on the use of masks during home care and in health care settings, clinical management, infection prevention, and control in the health care settings, to mention a few.

Moreover, the agency is working closely with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and jointly developed a guidance document to provide advice to cabin crew and airport workers, based on country queries. WHO has also been in regular and direct contact with the Member States where cases have been reported.

Recommendation and Advice to the Public by the World Health Organization

“If you are not in an area where COVID-19 is spreading or have not traveled from an area where COVID-19 is spreading or have not been in contact with an infected patient, your risk of infection is low. It is understandable that you may feel anxious about the outbreak. Get the facts from reliable sources to help you accurately determine your risks so that you can take reasonable precautions.

Seek guidance from WHO, your healthcare provider, your national public health authority or your employer for accurate information on COVID-19 and whether COVID-19 is circulating where you live. It is important to be informed of the situation and take appropriate measures to protect yourself and your family.

If you are in an area where there are cases of COVID-19 you need to take the risk of infection seriously. Follow the advice of WHO and guidance issued by national and local health authorities. For most people, COVID-19 infection will cause mild illness however, it can make some people very ill and, in some people, it can be fatal. Older people and those with pre-existing medical conditions (such as cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease or diabetes) are at risk for severe disease.”

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