The WHO special envoy Dr. Nabarro's comments on later lockdown effects on the world is misinterpreted as a discouragement of lockdowns by WHO.
He stated that the WHO does not promote lockdowns as the primary means of control of this virus. He urged all world leaders to stop using lockdown as their primary control method and instead develop better systems for doing it while working together to mobilize economies.
Health experts worldwide created a petition called the Great Barrington Declaration, which said that lockdowns were doing irreparable damage. The petition states that current lockdown policies are producing devastating effects on short and long-term public health. They have concerns about the damaging physical and mental health impacts of the general COVID-19 policies. The petition has had 12,000 signatures so far.
The WHO had taken measures to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus by inducing lockdowns. As of October 15, it has not back-flipped or promoted against future lockdowns. Although it recognizes that lockdowns disproportionately affect disadvantaged groups, including people in poverty, migrants, internally displaced people, and refugees, it acknowledges the need for planning and solutions, which include lockdown measures for further effective mitigation of the disease.
The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19 including symptoms, prevention and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organisation or your national healthcare authority.