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World Health Organization does not support containment

The World Health Organization (WHO) is not in favor of large-scale lockdowns of Covid-19 due to the economic impact and how it affects people’s mental health, said one of the its leaders.

WHO public health doctor Dr Margaret Harris told Sky News the most important thing people can do is get vaccinated in the fight against the new Omicron variant.

It comes after WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters people may wish to cut back on their Christmas plans.

He said: “We are all fed up with this pandemic, we all want to spend time with our friends and family, we all want to get back to normal.

“The fastest way to do this is for all of us, leaders and individuals, to make the tough decisions that need to be made to protect ourselves and others.

“In some cases this will mean canceling or delaying events, just like we had to cancel the reception we planned to have with you (reporters) today.

“But a canceled event is better than a canceled life. Better to cancel now and celebrate later than to celebrate now and cry later.”

When asked if the WHO wanted people to cancel Christmas, Dr Harris said that “that was not what the CEO was saying – he was talking about big events, so he was actually referring to a reception that we had promised to have with journalists… “

Regarding people’s plans for Christmas, she said the audience should think about questions such as “Who’s coming?” What is their status? Have they all been vaccinated? Do you take other steps – open your windows, ventilate your room? Can you space objects, did they wear masks? So there are a lot of things that you need to do and take into account when planning your party. “

She said that “vaccines really protect” people, including vulnerable people, from going to hospital and dying.

When asked if many people can get Omicron without ending up in hospital, she said: “We hope that will be the case, especially in populations that are well vaccinated. getting vaccinated is the key. “

On the issue of blockages, Dr Harris said they work but not without impact on people and businesses.

“We’d rather not see lockdowns, big lockdown, because they have huge economic implications, they have very serious social implications and mental health implications,” she said.

“However, they work. So governments get to a point where hospitals are overwhelmed, where they run out of options.”

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