With most part of the world recovering from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, but some countries like the United States and India still seeing the pandemic go out of control, the World Health Organization (WHO) has called for strict infection prevention and control measures in oral health care settings.
In the latest set of guidelines, the global health watchdog has laid stress on physical distancing, popularly known as social distancing; use of personal protective equipment, e.g. eye protection, disposable gown, medical mask/respirator and hand hygiene as well as adherence to cleaning and disinfection procedures.
These guidelines are part of WHO’s efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic, which has rattled the world since December 2019, when the world came to know about the coronavirus outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Later, the pandemic spread to the entire world and brought countries like Italy, Iran, India, Germany, France, United Kingdom and the United States to their knees. Until now, the disease has affected millions of people globally. The total number of global coronavirus cases as of August 12, 2020, stands at 20,500,383 and 13,422,612 infected people have recovered from the disease. The death toll from the viral infection right now stands at 744,367 as the world continues to struggle to find a cure.
Pakistan too bore the brunt of the viral disease, but was able to bring the situation under control within a few months through prevention and control measures like smart lockdowns and test, track and isolate strategies.
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WHO representatives discuss virus control measures during a meeting at the world body’s headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.–File photo