WHO's Doctor Mike Ryan says Europe and America still aren't quarantining properly 1 month ago

WHO's Doctor Mike Ryan says Europe and America still aren't quarantining properly

He spoke about what he would do if he had a "golden wish", with regards to the pandemic.

Doctor Mike Ryan from the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that America and Europe still aren't quarantining as efficiently as possible, and that it is resulting in an increase in cases.

Ryan, who is WHO's executive director of its Health Emergencies Programme, spoke about how effective quarantining would be if it were done correctly.

Speaking during a virtual press conference on Monday, the Irishman said: "About half of our member states within the European region have experienced a 50% increase in cases in the last week. Clearly, across the board, we're seeing a large increase in cases.

"As a public health physician, if I was asked for one thing that could improve that might change the game here, that is: making sure that each and every contact of a confirmed case is in quarantine for the appropriate period of time, so as to break chains of transmission."

Ryan then said if he had a golden wish with regards to the pandemic, it would be that America and Europe quarantine properly.

He said: "As a public health physician, if I was asked for one thing that could improve that might change the game here, that is: making sure that each and every contact of a confirmed case is in quarantine for the appropriate period of time, so as to break chains of transmission.

"I do not believe that has occurred systematically anywhere, and particularly in countries that are experiencing large increases now.

"If you know yourself to be having been in contact with a case, you should be in full quarantine, at home, without contact with other people."