WHO / COVID-19 UPDATE

14-Feb-2020 00:03:42
Updating reporters on the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Executive Director of WHO Emergencies Programme Mike Ryan called for the training and equipment of health workers, adding that “the Director-General has called for a prioritization of protective gear for those workers.” WHO
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STORY: WHO / COVID-19 UPDATE
TRT: 3:42
SOURCE: WHO
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS
DATELINE: 14 FEBRUARY 2020, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / 13 FEBRUARY 2020, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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13 FEBRUARY 2020, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

1.Wide shot, press briefing room

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2.SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Mike Ryan, Executive Director of WHO Emergencies Programme:
“What is clear is that we've always known that health workers are in the front line. We've said in many, many occasions here, that the real frontline and the real point of entry for a virus into a country is a busy emergency room and unsuspecting, a general practice clinic. So we have called again and again for the training and equipment of workers. The Director-General has called for a prioritization of protective gear for those workers because we understand those risks.”
3. Wide shot, press briefing room
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Sylvie Briand, Director WHO, Global Hazard Infectious Preparedness:
“And sometimes we have seen as well that having PPE that is very sophisticated can give a false sense of security, and then people forget even the most basic things, such as wash your hands when you are finished. And I think that's why it's very important to not disentangle the equipment from the people, because these are protections, these are shields that needs to be used as the best and not rely only on the equipment.”
5.Med shot, reporters
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Mike Ryan, Executive Director of WHO Emergencies Programme:
“The equipment and safety equipment is very important. But if I were to hand any of you scuba equipment and ask you to jump in the sea right now, you might be very nervous. The equipment is not what makes you safe. It's the equipment in the hands of a trained professional and we need to focus on training and behavior just as much as equipment.”
7.Med shot, reporters
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Mike Ryan, Executive Director of WHO Emergencies Programme:
“There's not the role of WHO to call off or not call off any event. It is the role of WHO to offer technical advice to support a considered multilayered risk assessment around to event, to offer advice on risk reduction and risk mitigation measures to offer advice on risk response measures. And it is the decision of hosting countries and the organizing agencies to make that decision.”
9.Med shot, reporters
10.SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Mike Ryan, Executive Director of WHO Emergencies Programme:
“We are constantly in touch with the organizers of major events. We have long-term collaborations and have had in the past with major mass gathering organizers. We work every single year with the authorities that organize major religious festivals like the Hajj. We've had teams working for almost every Olympics and World Cup in the last two decades in terms of risk management. So we are very much engaged with those institutions and with those events.”

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11.Close up, reporter

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12. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Mike Ryan, Executive Director of WHO Emergencies Programme:
“It goes without saying, that' smoking is a risk factor for severity of any lower respiratory tract infection, then we would expect it to be no different here. There is a marked difference between male and females in this outbreak in terms of severity. And there's certainly a marked difference in those habits in China. And it does demark along male and female lines. And it's an excellent hypothesis. But one that is unproven, but I'm sure through the studies and the observations and the that are happening, there will be a lot of interest to, to look at, uh, that, uh, smoking as a risk factor.”
13.Wide shot, press briefing room
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Sylvie Briand, Director WHO, Global Hazard Infectious Preparedness
“Because most of the underlying condition that are reported are so linked to a disease associated with smoking as well. So it's very hard to separate the two currently. So I hope that in the near future we'll have more information on that as well.”

13 FEBRUARY 2020, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

15.Close up, reporters
STORYLINE
Updating reporters on the coronavirus (COVID-19), Executive Director of WHO Emergencies Programme Mike Ryan called for the training and equipment of health workers, adding that “the Director-General has called for a prioritization of protective gear for those workers.”

Speaking in Geneva today (14 Feb), Ryan said, “the equipment and safety equipment is very important. But if I were to hand any of you scuba equipment and ask you to jump in the sea right now, you might be very nervous. The equipment is not what makes you safe. It's the equipment in the hands of a trained professional and we need to focus on training and behavior just as much as equipment.”

Dr Sylvie Briand from WHO also briefed reporters, she said, “sometimes we have seen as well that having PPE that is very sophisticated can give a false sense of security, and then people forget even the most basic things, such as wash your hands when you are finished.”

She added, “I think that's why it's very important to not disentangle the equipment from the people, because these are protections, these are shields that needs to be used as the best and not rely only on the equipment.”

Dr Ryan also said, “there's not the role of WHO to call off or not call off any event. It is the role of WHO to offer technical advice to support a considered multilayered risk assessment around to event, to offer advice on risk reduction and risk mitigation measures to offer advice on risk response measures. And it is the decision of hosting countries and the organizing agencies to make that.”

He added, “we are constantly in touch with the organizers of major events. We have long-term collaborations and have had in the past with major mass gathering organizers. We work every single year with the authorities that organize major religious festivals like the Hajj. We've had teams working for almost every Olympics and World Cup in the last two decades in terms of risk management. So we are very much engaged with those institutions and with those events.”

Dr Ryan also said, “we need to balance the health and welfare of the people on that ship and there are from many nationalities against the obvious needs to prevent any further spread within the Japanese community. And I think the Japanese authorities, I hope we'll find the right balance between those two things.”

He continued, “we trust through our discussions with them that they are beginning to see that we have to make some arrangements, especially to take care of the more vulnerable people, on that ship, especially those who don't have access to appropriate ventilation, etcetera.”

The Executive Director also noted that “smoking is a risk factor for severity of any lower respiratory tract infection, then we would expect it to be no different here. There is a marked difference between male and females in this outbreak in terms of severity. And there's certainly a marked difference in those habits in China. And it does demark along male and female lines. And it's an excellent hypothesis. But one that is unproven, but I'm sure through the studies and the observations and the that are happening, there will be a lot of interest to, to look at, uh, that, uh, smoking as a risk factor.”

Briand also commented that "because of most of the underlying condition that are reported are so linked to a disease associated with smoking as well. So it's very hard to separate the two currently. So I hope that in the near future we'll have more information on that as well.”
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