WHO was mocked on Twitter for sharing a Chinese study that found that nCoV could not be transmitted from person to person.

Covid-19 broke out in December 2019 in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, China. By mid-January, the World Health Organization (WHO) tweeted a study by Chinese experts, which confirmed that nCoV could not be transmitted from person to person.


WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus held a press conference in Switzerland on 11 March Photo: AFP.

"Preliminary investigations by Chinese officials have found no clear evidence of the human-to-human transmission of nCoV," WHO posted on its official Twitter account on January 14.

Two months after that tweet, Covid-19 appeared in almost every country in the world, in which human-to-human transmission plays a major role in the terrible spread of the pandemic. This fact has caused many experts and social network users to start rummaging over tweets from WHO more than two months ago, blaming the organization for sharing an inaccurate study.

Some say this is a "humorous" and "shameful" act by WHO, when Chinese officials only conceded a few days later to recognize that nCoV was transmitted from person to person.

"The facts and documents are the basis for good judgment. If you wonder whether WHO will help China hide the translation, it's simply because they lack the capacity or both. Please review the tweet. by WHO on January 14, "Steven Hanke, a professor at Johns Hopkins University, USA, wrote on Twitter.

Some people have been skeptical of reports of Covid-19 from China since the outbreak began. Republican Senator Tom Cotton even asked for sanctions on Beijing for its handling of the epidemic.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say "community isolation," self-isolation and good hygiene are the most effective ways to prevent the spread of human-to-human nCoV. Covid-19 has appeared in 179 countries and territories, leaving nearly 245,000 people infected, more than 10,000 dead.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declared Covid-19 a pandemic and urged nations to deal aggressively. The organization also previously declared a global emergency state when there were fewer than 100 cases of nCoV outside China.