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Coronavirus is going to be 'one big wave', World Health Organization warns

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The results found that taller people are at a higher risk, which researchers say suggests that the contagion is spreading through the air - because height would not be a factor if the virus was only contractible through droplets, according to the report.

"Season does not seem to be affecting the transmission of this virus", World Health Organization spokeswoman Margaret Harris told reporters in a virtual briefing. "This is going to be a big wave which is going up and down but the best thing is that we can make this curve flat".

Harris continued, "Summer is a problem".

"The season does not seem to be affecting the transmission of this virus", said Harris.

World Health Organization officials have been at pains to avoid describing a resurgence of COVID-19 cases like those in Hong Kong as "waves" as this suggests the virus is behaving in ways beyond human control, when in fact concerted action can slow its spread.

In Ireland at the moment over 60% of confirmed cases COVID-19 - among those less than 45 years. Additionally, she urged everyone to follow measures and to avoid mass gatherings.

The World Health Organization (WHO), in a recent media briefing in Geneva, warned the world that the now unfolding COVID-19 pandemic is one big wave and presents no evidence about future outbreaks.

Turning to countries in the global south, Harris noted that winter was underway in these regions, with samples tested, indicating "high" Covid-19 infection rates but low influenza traces. In the initial days, some said it wouldn't affect the warmer countries. "We're expecting a later flu season in the southern hemisphere".

However, influenza activity is now at lower-than-expected levels, according to WHO's latest global influenza update.

"If you have an increase in a respiratory illness when you already have a very high burden of respiratory illness, that puts even more pressure on the health system", she said, urging people to be vaccinated against flu.

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