The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a new DoItAll Campaign to reiterate the importance of preventive measures against the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, APA reports.
According to the WHO Country Office in Azerbaijan, there are worrying signs of case resurgence across much of Europe as the promising decline in cases has come to a premature end.
Some of the reasons for the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases appears to be due to the relaxing of public health measures, the continued circulation of variants, and people letting down their guards. Basic public health measures remain the foundation of the response.
For public health authorities, that means testing, contact tracing, isolation, supported quarantine and quality care. For individuals, avoiding crowds, physical distancing, hand hygiene, masks and ventilation remain essential. We need to drive the transmission down rather than expect it to continue on a downward trend on its own.
To do this, it is important that we maintain the preventive behaviours that we know are effective against COVID-19 and against the current variants, such as hand washing, mask-wearing and safe physical distance.
We are at the start of a global rollout of not one but several vaccines which brings us an enormous step closer to ending this current phase of the pandemic. As vaccines coverage increases, they will be able to help us reduce disease and deaths and maintain essential health services. However, to keep transmission rates down and reduce the opportunities for the virus to change, we must #DoItAll. Being vaccinated doesn't mean that we can throw caution to the wind and put ourselves and others at risk.
WHO/Europe #DoItAll campaign is urging everyone to continue ALL the protective behaviours that we know are working at an individual level. This includes:
o Cleaning hands
o Wearing a mask that covers your nose, mouth and chin
o Avoiding crowds and keeping physical distance
o Opening windows when possible and improving air ventilation
o Covering your mouth and nose when you cough
o Getting vaccinated as soon as this is available to you as recommended by your health authorities.