Earth with a face mask put on it

The world has been fighting admirably against the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately it might have to fight even harder. 

Tedros Adhanom, director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), gave a media briefing Monday in which he encourages people to recommit themselves to a pandemic that’s killed 500,000 people worldwide and is, in the organization's estimation, nowhere near ending.

“We all want this to be over. We all want to get on with our lives,” says Adhanom. “But the hard reality is: this is not even close to being over. Although many countries have made some progress, globally the pandemic is actually speeding up.”

Adhanom praises the world’s acts of residence, kindness, unity and inventiveness during the pandemic response - the later of which is demonstrated in how emergency hand sanitizer is being made by so many companies that otherwise would never make the product.

Adhanom also voiced disdain with the polarization of the pandemic as well as the misinformation that has been spread. The spread of misinformation through various mediums has been a concern of many and was discussed in a recent guest post on

In addition to issuing a warning through his statement, Adhanom announces that WHO has published a detailed timeline on its website that details the ways in which it has responded to the pandemic over the past six months. 

To read the rest of Adhanom’s statement, click here.