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WHO urges caution when reopening businesses amid pandemic


Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization (WHO) attends a press conference on COVID-19 at WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, on February 24, 2020.


The World Health Organization warned Monday that resuming activities too soon amid the coronavirus pandemic is “a recipe for disaster.”

“The more control countries have over the virus, the more they can resume activities,” said WHO Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

He insisted that nations that really want to resume functions must take steps to contain the spread of the virus with equal seriousness.

“This is not an impossible balance,” he explained.

Tedros listed four measures that countries, communities and individuals must take: avoid concentrations of people, protect vulnerable populations, practice personal hygiene customs as individuals, and detect, isolate and care for the sick, and at the same time find people with whom they came in contact and isolate them.