WHO is gearing up to deal with the corona epidemic in the future?

WHO is gearing up to deal with the corona epidemic in the future?

The World Health Organization (WHO) will make a list to identify such 'pathogens', which can give rise to an epidemic like corona in the future. In the last two years, apart from Corona, millions of people have lost their lives due to viruses like Zika, Monkeypox, and Nipah. In such a situation, WHO has started working on the unknown disease "Disease X", which can take the form of an epidemic in the coming times.

Pathogens mean disease-causing. This includes viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites. Because of all these, different types of diseases are born. They can make any organism, tree plant, or other micro-organisms sick. Diseases caused by organisms in humans are called pathogens.

This list of WHO priority pathogens includes COVID-19, Ebola virus, Marburg virus, Lassa fever, MERS, SARS, Zika, and Disease X. These microbes are kept under strict surveillance as a measure in case any epidemics arise. The first list of pathogens was published by WHO in 2017. Currently COVID-19 Crimean-Kong hemorrhagic fever, Ebola virus disease, Marburg virus disease, Lassa fever, Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), syndrome and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), Nipah and henipaviral diseases, Rift Valley fever, Zika and Disease "X".

During this time the scientists will especially work on Disease X which is an unknown pathogen. Disease X may cause an international pandemic in the future. Scientists say that it can prove to be much more dangerous than corona and once it spreads, it will be almost impossible to stop it. The WHO says a team of more than 300 international scientists will work on evidence from more than 25 families of viruses and bacteria, including Disease X.

According to scientists, Disease X is completely unknown and unpredictable. There is not much information about it at the moment. But scientists say that this virus will be very dangerous and will spread faster than Corona. Disease X is likely to spread in the future. It can be like a small infection and can also spread like a big epidemic.

Dr. Michael Ryan, executive director of the WHO's Health Emergencies Program, said that if we already have information about pathogens and viruses, it will help us find a cure for the disease and make vaccines. Targeting the primary pathogens and their families is essential to understand the rapidly spreading pandemic and its response. During this, scientists will also target those pathogens which need more research and investment.

The WHO said the mission aims to update the Directive List on vaccines, tests, and treatments, with a focus on global research, development (R&D), and investment. Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist of the World Health Organization, has described this list as very important for the group of scientists doing research so that they can be prepared in advance to deal with the next epidemic. The revised list of priority pathogens is expected to be published in the first quarter of 2023.