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War In Ukraine Will Lead More COVID-19 Transmission, Says WHO - medtigo

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War In Ukraine Will Lead More COVID-19 Transmission, Says WHO

With every passing day, more Ukrainian cities are witnessing the horrors of war. Hundreds of people are dying, including civilians and evacuees. And the war that the whole world has been fighting for more than two years has become more dangerous in Ukraine. 

The World Health Organization (WHO) said in a briefing that the war in Ukraine would give rise to the number of COVID cases of severe infection and may increase the death toll. 

According to many health experts, a war gives an ideal environment for a contagious disease like COVID to spread swiftly. People are forced to leave their homes, take shelter in crowded places, be deprived of healthcare facilities, and always run for their lives. 

The WHO data shows that Ukraine may see its worst COVID-19 wave since the pandemic. The data also shows that only 34% of more than 40 million people are fully vaccinated. The figures are indeed alarming. 

Also, tracking the COVID patients will be nearly impossible to stop the spread, say experts. Testing and quarantine are not possible during war times. More influx in the hospitals will be of war injuries rather than Coronavirus, says Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security’s senior scholar. 

To make the situation worse in the major cities is the problem of logistics. The medical oxygen in Ukraine is already running short, and the WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the capital Kyiv is inaccessible for sending medical supplies. 

Although Mr. Tedros said that the organization is sending the medical supplies to Poland for the refugees, some medical supplies may be sent to Ukraine via Poland. 

The WHO officials suggested that there is only one way to stop the spread of Coronavirus in Ukraine and, i.e., to stop the war immediately. But perhaps that is very idealistic of the organization to think. 

As of now, several Ukrainian cities are attacked by the Russian forces, including the capital city of Kyiv. Hundreds of innocent people died even after the first round of peace talks last week in Belarus.  

Russia has ordered a ceasefire in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Sumy, and Mariupol. 

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