WHO’s reluctance to label outbreak as pandemic baffles medical experts around world
By: Huang Tzu-ti, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
At a press conference on the COVID-19, Chan Chang-chuan (詹長權), dean of the National Taiwan University’s College of Public Health (CPH), questioned the rationale behind the WHO’s decision not to label the epidemic as a pandemic.
From the perspective of potential fatalities, Chan likened the health crisis to the 1918 Spanish flu, which infected one-third of the world’s population, about 500 million people, with an estimated 2 to 3 percent fatality rate. The mortality rate of the coronavirus stands at 3.4 percent, according to the WHO.
To date, over 100 countries have reported infections, and the number could be growing. He believes the criteria of a pandemic have been met and calls on the UN health agency to act accordingly by making the declaration this week, wrote CNA. [FULL STORY]