In two months, more than 75,000 people have been infected and more than 2,000 have died in the outbreak of the new coronavirus. The vast majority of cases are still being reported in China, mainly in the Hubeiregionen.
the EUROPEAN union has, to date, 45 cases, most of them related to either China or Singapore. The ecdc the ECDC's strategy is to limit the further spread of infection as much as possible.
This means that the EUROPEAN countries, authorities focus on the detection of the infected early on, to isolate them, as well as the identification and monitoring of contacts in a period of 14 days in order to see if they have the disease.
" so Far, it looks like it's working. But in spite of that, we have discussions with the member states, so that they are prepared if this strategy doesn't work, " said Andrea Ammon, director general for IT at a briefing in Stockholm on Wednesday.
at the hospital of the order, possibly, to be able to handle more and more cases of illness than they are today.
IT has been turned on to the maximum state of alert due to the outbreak of the new coronavirus in China. To monitor the situation round the clock, has developed guidelines for health services and information to the general public. Moreover, they are always on the risk assessment of the risk of infection in the EUROPEAN union.
According to the most recent risk assessment, the risk of EU citizens is low, " said Andrea Ammon.
the reason for this is that, at the present time there is no evidence of the extent of disease spread to outside of China. However, they need to be prepared if it were to be changed.
this time, received a lot of criticism for not having acted immediately when it started to pop up in a number of cases of pneumonia of unknown origin. According to Andrea Ammon, it is very difficult to detect diseases of the respiratory tract, which occurs because of a virus during flu season.
" I know that there is a lot of distrust of the information that we get from China, because they withheld the information during the sars epidemic in the world. However, it seems to me, from the contacts with the chinese centre for disease's that we have been given all the information they have, " said Andrea Ammon.
But, she pointed out that it is difficult to get information during a large outbreak, when at the same time, the need to treat the many sick patients, and, in addition, the sharing of information in a different language.
Johan Carlson, director-general of the Folkhälsomyndigheten, who was also at the press conference, pointed out that there is a political level, during the epidemic.
" In the EUROPEAN union, we will share information with each other. We are not yet there when it comes to all over the world. It is not only the country but there are other countries that are reluctant to share their data. However, we believe that at the very least we will get a lot of information. Their agency will do their best, " he said.
from China, and IT will update based on them. It is the largest to date, indicates that around 80 per cent in only mild symptoms, such as the common cold. About 15 percent will get pneumonia, and shortness of breath. Three percent will become seriously ill. In this study the mortality rate was about two per cent, there was a higher level of risk, and the younger ones get a lower rate.
one thing everyone wants to know is how the outbreak will unfold. There are a lot of analyses and models, some are pointing to the outbreak, and will soon reach its peak, while others believe that the virus can be spread all over the world.
" In all the outbreaks I have been involved with in my 25 years in the business, has there been any analysis of the expected number of cases. And all of them were in the wrong. I don't think that we should plan for them. Instead, we work on the basis of a number of scenarios, for example, how would the health care, diagnostics, and reporting take place, if we had a situation similar to the one in xi'an, " said Andrea Ammon.
At the present time, there is no clear indication of the extent of the disease spread outside China, however, the situation can be changed. Even though a lot is still unknown, are reminiscent of Andrea Ammon, of how much of a difference there is in the current state of knowledge is now more than two months into the sars outbreak in 2003.
" Compared to then, we already know a lot, but we would like to of course learn more about it.
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