The World Health Organisation (WHO) has stated that it’s not in favour of large-scale lockdowns due to the economic impact they cause and the effects that they have on mental health.
Public health doctor Dr. Margaret Harris stated that although lockdowns are effective at preventing the spread of Covid-19, they have a knock-on effect on people and businesses, “We prefer not to see lockdowns, a big lockdown, because they have huge economic implications, they have very severe social implications and mental health implications”.
She said that the overall message for reducing the spread of the virus was limiting crowding and partaking in measures that will protect you such as wearing a mask, social distancing, hand-washing and getting vaccinated.
She added that the WHO would prefer if Governments did not make the decision of imposing a lockdown due to the serious implications that they can pose to mental health while stating that a dramatic rise in mental health suffering has been seen during this period.
“So, if you do go into lockdown, look at how you can support people, what you can do to alleviate the suffering that it does cause.”
WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told PA News Agency that the pandemic could end by 2022 if 70% of the population in every country of the world has been vaccinated by the middle of next year.
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