Disinfo: WHO has no right to call COVID-19 a pandemic

Summary

The World Health Organization made a mistake calling COVID-19 a pandemic.

According to WHO standards, a disease can only be called pandemic if the death rate exceeds 12.5% of the number of infected people, and this is what did not happen to this date with COVID-19.

Disproof

An unfounded disinfo narrative about the Coronavirus pandemic targeting the World Health Organisation.

On March 11 2020,  WHO declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic, there were more than 118 thousand confirmed coronavirus cases in 114 countries. An updated situation report from WHO on the coronavirus pandemic can be found here.

A pandemic is defined by standard reference for epidemiologists as “an epidemic occurring worldwide, or over a very wide area, crossing international boundaries and usually affecting a large number of people". The classical definition does not include criteria related to population immunity, virology or disease severity.  

While It is true that the global case-fatality rate did not reach 12.5% so far, it has increased significantly since March, when it was around 3.4%. The rate was 5.8% on 9 June, according to tallies from the World Health Organization, and it hovered around 7% from mid-April through May.

See earlier disinformation cases such as WHO is part of the global government, or that WHO overestimates the mortality statistics of COVID-19, and that WHO and Bill Gates infected thousands of children with Polio, and that WHO may be involved in a plot to reduce global population.

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  • Reported in: Issue 202
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 10/06/2020
  • Country: South Korea, Saudi Arabia
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Conspiracy theory, WHO, Conspiracy

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