This is Boogaloo sign number one:
What does the WHO say?
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters on Monday that the number of new cases in recent days in Iran, Italy and South Korea was “deeply concerning”.
However he added: “For the moment we are not witnessing the uncontained global spread of this virus and we are not witnessing large scale severe disease or deaths.
“Does this virus have pandemic potential? Absolutely, it has. Are we there yet? From our assessment, not yet.”
That was reported “an hour ago” at time of posting, so not everybody got the memo — not even the incompetent, lying, mush-mouthed ringleader. Which is understandable, as the *earliest* that I can find the WHO saying that they no longer use the obviously obsolete, completely unnecessary and pointless word — is less than 24 hours ago from ChannelNewsAsia:
GENEVA: The World Health Organization no longer uses the classification pandemic, but the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak remains an international emergency that is likely to spread further, a spokesman said on Monday (Feb 24).
For reference (before it goes away), here is a 2009 post from the WHO describing the then-current status of H1N1 (spoiler alert!), and then defining all six phases of outbreak classification. I’ll reproduce it here in its entirety, placing my faith in RNG-sus and web standards:
In the 2009 revision of the phase descriptions, WHO has retained the use of a six-phased approach for easy incorporation of new recommendations and approaches into existing national preparedness and response plans. The grouping and description of pandemic phases have been revised to make them easier to understand, more precise, and based upon observable phenomena. Phases 1–3 correlate with preparedness, including capacity development and response planning activities, while Phases 4–6 clearly signal the need for response and mitigation efforts. Furthermore, periods after the first pandemic wave are elaborated to facilitate post pandemic recovery activities.
The current WHO phase of pandemic alert for Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 is post-pandemic.
In nature, influenza viruses circulate continuously among animals, especially birds. Even though such viruses might theoretically develop into pandemic viruses, in Phase 1 no viruses circulating among animals have been reported to cause infections in humans.
In Phase 2 an animal influenza virus circulating among domesticated or wild animals is known to have caused infection in humans, and is therefore considered a potential pandemic threat.
In Phase 3, an animal or human-animal influenza reassortant virus has caused sporadic cases or small clusters of disease in people, but has not resulted in human-to-human transmission sufficient to sustain community-level outbreaks. Limited human-to-human transmission may occur under some circumstances, for example, when there is close contact between an infected person and an unprotected caregiver. However, limited transmission under such restricted circumstances does not indicate that the virus has gained the level of transmissibility among humans necessary to cause a pandemic.
Phase 4 is characterized by verified human-to-human transmission of an animal or human-animal influenza reassortant virus able to cause “community-level outbreaks.” The ability to cause sustained disease outbreaks in a community marks a significant upwards shift in the risk for a pandemic. Any country that suspects or has verified such an event should urgently consult with WHO so that the situation can be jointly assessed and a decision made by the affected country if implementation of a rapid pandemic containment operation is warranted. Phase 4 indicates a significant increase in risk of a pandemic but does not necessarily mean that a pandemic is a forgone conclusion.
Phase 5 is characterized by human-to-human spread of the virus into at least two countries in one WHO region. [ emphasis added -hbd] While most countries will not be affected at this stage, the declaration of Phase 5 is a strong signal that a pandemic is imminent and that the time to finalize the organization, communication, and implementation of the planned mitigation measures is short.
Phase 6, the pandemic phase, is characterized by community level outbreaks in at least one other country in a different WHO region in addition to the criteria defined in Phase 5. [emphasis added – hbd] Designation of this phase will indicate that a global pandemic is under way.
During the post-peak period, pandemic disease levels in most countries with adequate surveillance will have dropped below peak observed levels. The post-peak period signifies that pandemic activity appears to be decreasing; however, it is uncertain if additional waves will occur and countries will need to be prepared for a second wave.
Previous pandemics have been characterized by waves of activity spread over months. Once the level of disease activity drops, a critical communications task will be to balance this information with the possibility of another wave. Pandemic waves can be separated by months and an immediate “at-ease” signal may be premature.
In the post-pandemic period, influenza disease activity will have returned to levels normally seen for seasonal influenza. It is expected that the pandemic virus will behave as a seasonal influenza A virus. At this stage, it is important to maintain surveillance and update pandemic preparedness and response plans accordingly. An intensive phase of recovery and evaluation may be required.
The WHO, now a wholly-owned subsidiary of China, is actively subverting response to this (by definition) pandemic.
Now, I am the guy who said that he didn’t think this thing had pandemic potential. I am still on the fence regarding whether or not it meets my subjective definition of a nearly apocalyptic plague, but having now looked it up, I can tell you this:
They suddenly no longer use the term because now it applies.
How to debunk this article: find a mention of the WHO not using the term pandemic that predates this most recent Chinese horror.
Meanwhile, here’s the rest of the double-speak from the World Hot Orifice quoted in that CNA article: It’s just blood-boiling if you know bureaucratese.
“There is no official category (for a pandemic),” WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said.
“For the sake of clarification, WHO does not use the old system of 6 phases — that ranged from phase 1 (no reports of animal influenza causing human infections) to phase 6 (a pandemic) — that some people may be familiar with from H1N1 in 2009,” he said.
Colloquially, pandemic is used to denote the outbreak of a new pathogen that spreads easily person-to-person across the globe, Jasarevic said.
“What we are seeing at the moment are outbreaks and clusters of cases in multiple countries. Some countries have since stopped transmission. They must remain alert for the possibility of reintroduction. There will likely be more cases in more places,” he said.
“Definitions and terminology aside, our advice remains the same, and we continue working with countries to limit the spread of the virus while also preparing for the possibility of wider spread,” he said.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general, said on Friday: “I would like to assure you we are following this virus 24/7 round the clock … As we speak our situation is that we are still in a phase where containment is possible with a narrowing window of opportunity.”
Tedros Antichrist ChinaFellator is saying that only a miracle can save us now.
It may not actually be as bad as all of that, but it’s clear that if this thing does not kill us all, the WHO will still be part of the problem — not the solution. Too much? Unfair? Discounting the efforts of hundreds of thousands of doctors, nurses and candystripers worldwide? Then get a different head of the WHO! This organization and its namby-pamby mumbling, lies, public relations and kowtowing in the face of a real problem is just big government run wild, saving face by lodging it between cheeks.
I’m not even all that worried — masks bought: ZERO. I’m just worked up about this criminally fraudulent response.