Scientists are urging caution amidst concerns of a potential pandemic following the World Health Organisation’s request for additional information from China regarding a surge in respiratory illnesses and pneumonia clusters among children, as reported by IOL.
The alert, reminiscent of the early days of the Covid-19 outbreak, has triggered worries about a possible emerging pathogen. However, scientists suggest that, based on current information, the rise may be linked to common respiratory infections post-Covid lockdowns or a resurgence of Covid itself.
The WHO’s request for information is part of routine procedures, though the public announcement indicates the International Health Regulations system in action. Transparency concerns have been raised, recalling issues during the early days of Covid, with China having 24 hours to respond to the WHO. While some attribute the illnesses to the lifting of Covid restrictions, others emphasise the need for more information before drawing conclusions about the nature of the reported cases.
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