The coronavirus pandemic has shown what humans are capable of, both in a positive and negative way, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, said Monday at a press briefing in Geneva.
"Covid-19 has changed our world. It has brought people, communities and nations together, and driven them apart," he said, reports the CNN.
"It has shown what humans are capable of, both positively and negatively."
Tedros said that "we have learned an enormous amount, and we're still learning."
Although the world has changed, he said, the way to respond to Covid-19 and the basic measures to suppress transmission have not.
These are political leadership and informing, engaging and listening, as well as wearing a mask where recommended, Tedros said.
"Where these measures are followed, cases go down," he said. "Where they're not, cases go up."
He gave examples of places that followed this advice "carefully and consistently" and were able to either prevent a large-scale outbreak, such as New Zealand, or bring large outbreaks under control, such as Germany.