As the Coronavirus disease fear takes over the United States claiming more than a thousand deaths within the last 24 hours- highest in a single day in any country, the government is taking every possible measure to curb the spread. In the latest step in the fight against Corona, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American federal agency for public health, which said that those not infected should not wear masks (in fact, recommended people to not do so) on the advice of WHO, has now recommended everyone to cover their faces.
The CDC changed its stance after data from many countries revealed that covering the face with a mask or any other cloth could be effective to prevent the spread. However, the criminally corrupt and incompetent WHO continued to recommend against it.
WHO, the health arm of the United Nations, which began functioning in April, 1948, has ‘killed’ arguably more people in the COVID-19 epidemic than it has saved in its entire existence. WHO was complicit in China’s attempt to hide the fact that human-to-human transfer of the novel Coronavirus was taking place in the early weeks of the pandemic, and failed in its primary duty- to alarm the countries to take preventive measures against Coronavirus.
When India, the USA and some countries put travel bans on China, the WHO criticised the ban and advised against travel restrictions. The European Union relied on the WHO’s wisdom and didn’t restrict travel to and fro from China and soon became the epicentre of the Wuhan virus. It was for Europe hereafter that the entire world got infected with the virus.
Later the organization came up with the argument that masks are not required for those not infected, while the evidence suggested to the contrary. “There is no specific evidence to suggest that the wearing of masks by the mass population has any potential benefit. In fact, there’s some evidence to suggest the opposite in the misuse of wearing a mask properly or fitting it properly,” Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO health emergencies program, said at a media briefing in Geneva, Switzerland.
Moreover, WHO seems illogical and counter-intuitive. Given the fact there are many asymptomatic patients carrying the virus, it is far wiser to wear a mask than to not wear it. Data from countries like Czech Republic, Slovakia, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong support the claim that masks help in prevention. The countries which made masks mandatory (Czech Republic, Slovakia), and the countries which distributed masks to the public so that no one comes out without a mask, have very, very low rate of infections.
“This is the strongest statistical association I’ve seen w/ respect to the virus. Wear a mask, mandate others to wear masks, & remember that @WHO is criminally incompetent. To repeat: @WHO is criminally incompetent. PS-Don’t get into elevators, buses, etc. unless your mask in N95,” tweeted Nassim Nicholas Taleb, a philosopher of complexity theory who has argued lockdown and masks as best solution to prevents spread of the disease from day one, with a graphic which clearly supports the claim.
This is the strongest statistical association I've seen w/ respect to the virus. Wear a mask, mandate others to wear masks, & remember that @WHO is criminally incompetent. To repeat:@WHO is criminally incompetent.
PS-Don't get into elevators, buses, etc. unless your mask in N95 https://t.co/ZCkl3hql9K
— Nassim Nicholas Taleb (@nntaleb) March 31, 2020
However, so far, the criminally incompetent WHO has maintained that masks are not necessary for those who are not infected, in order to save whatever respect left for the organization among the semi-informed people.
To serve its self-interest and maintain its image in the global media, WHO has killed more people than it perhaps saved in its entire history; by helping poor Asian and Sub-Saharan countries in the fight against disease such Malaria, Tuberculosis and HIV.
So far, more than 11 lakh cases of COVID-19 have been reported; 60,000 thousand have died, and 2 lakh have recovered. By the time the pandemic is over, more than a lakh would be dead, many countries and their public health ravaged, and humanity would fall back at least by a decade, all for WHO and China. But WHO and China have not apologized yet, instead they are making weird claims, trying to save their image, and pushing propaganda.
Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist, World Health Organization, ‘tweeting in a personal capacity’, subtly supported the wearing of masks by everyone. “Interview with George Gao, head of China CDC. Not wearing masks to protect against coronavirus is a ‘big mistake,’ top Chinese scientist says,” tweeted Swaminathan with an interview of Chinese scientist published in Sciencemag.org.
Interview with George Gao, head of China CDC. Not wearing masks to protect against coronavirus is a ‘big mistake,’ top Chinese scientist says https://t.co/FUIK9KuXod
— Soumya Swaminathan (@doctorsoumya) March 29, 2020
But the politics of WHO is not allowing the organization to accept it in public that masks are necessary to prevent infection. WHO is so criminally incompetent that it is ready to risk the life of the people to maintain its public image. The lethargic bureaucracy at WHO, which spends more money on travel than the distribution of equipment to needy, has failed humanity, which it vowed to protect. In order to serve Chinese interests, the organization risked life billions of people, and thousands of already died with lakhs infected. The organization should be banned right at the moment, as so far, it has done more harm than good in the fight against Corona.