WHO Recommends That Europeans Celebrate Christmas Outdoors
The European office of the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of a possible increase in the incidence of COVID-19 coronavirus after the New Year holidays. The organisation recommended celebrating outside and wearing masks.
« Indoor gatherings, even small ones, can be particularly dangerous as they bring together groups of people, young and old, from different households who may not adhere to the same infection prevention measures. Whenever possible, meetings should be held outdoors, » the organization’s website says. « It may seem awkward to wear masks and distance oneself from friends and family, but this goes a long way towards ensuring everyone’s safety and health. The WHO also advises avoiding overcrowded traffic ».
In addition, the organisation is asking European governments to adapt seasonal activities to operate during a coronavirus epidemic. « Ski resorts have played a significant role in the rise of the pandemic across Europe, » the report says. It recommends avoiding crowding, « especially in enclosed or confined spaces, including when travelling ».
According to WHO, there have been 22.6 million cases of the coronavirus infection in Europe since the pandemic began. In the past week, 1.7 million people have become ill. More than 500 000 infected people have died in that time.