Dr Tedros and three COVID-19 survivors talk about the long lasting symptoms of the disease

World Health Organization (WHO) published this video item, entitled “Dr Tedros and three COVID-19 survivors talk about the long lasting symptoms of the disease” – below is their description.

“Listening to Paul Garner Woof, Martha Sibanda and Lyth Hishmeh share their experiences and array of symptoms, it reinforces what a dangerous virus COVID-19 is. Governments must recognise the long-term effects of the virus and ensure access to health services for those patients. Their stories reinforce how morally unconscionable and unfeasible the so called ‘natural herd immunity’ strategy is. Not only would it lead to millions more unnecessary deaths, it would also lead to a significant number of people facing a long road to full recovery. Herd immunity is only possible with safe and effective vaccines that are distributed equitably around the world. Until we have a vaccine, governments and people must do all that they can to suppress transmission, which is the best way to prevent post-COVID long-term effects.” – Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

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