The World Health Organization (W.H.O.) cautioned Tuesday there is too much at stake this year to celebrate Christmas, warning it is better to either postpone or cancel the yearly festivities than risk a loved one dying.
W.H.O. director-general and Ethiopian biologist Dr Ghebreyesus told mediain Geneva the “quickest way” to “get things back to normal” is for families to delay or cancel Christmas parties, the Daily Mail reports.
Dr Ghebreyesu continued to explain, “an event cancelled is much better than a life that’s cancelled. It is better to cancel today and celebrate later than to celebrate today and grieve later.”
The W.H.O. hasn’t previously released a global decree to cancel or delay any other religious holidays such as the Hindu’s Diwali or the Muslim’s Eid as a result of Covid-19.
Dr Margaret Harris, a public health physician and spokesperson for the W.H.O., in an interview with Sky News did at first advise against countries locking down, citing the “large implications” they have on the economy and mental health. However, Dr. Harris also mentioned that lockdowns “do in fact work”, and governments will lockdown if “they run out of other options”, such as “when the hospitals become overwhelmed”.
The other key part of the W.H.O. spokesperson’s suggestions for the Christmas holiday was the encouragement of getting vaccinated. Dr. Harris commented while “wearing the mask” and “the social distancing” will protect people they still need to “really, really seriously, get vaccine”.
Harris went on to say that people should not “just get the shot”, but if people are aware of someone who is “still struggling with the idea of getting vaccinated”, that they should “help them to get vaccinated”.
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Additionally, if Americans were going to have Christmas parties Harris advised them to think about individuals’ vaccine status if they planned on attending the event.
The Director General Dr Tedros repeated this message saying that if “70 percent” of every nation’s population was vaccinated by the middle of 2022, the coronavirus pandemic might be ended by 2023.
While pushing for higher vaccine uptake Dr Tedros also mentioned that the omicron strain “is spreading much faster than the Delta strain” and people who have been vaccinated are “more likely” to “be infected or re-infected”.
Author: Scott Dowdy