I've watched some of the WHO news conferences. The WHO is in an unenviable position. It is the lead advice worldwide on the pandemic but it relies heavily on countries to fund its operations, although it does get some money from donations, so it is disinclined to criticise the actions of any country. In particular I have watched closely the face of Dr Mike Ryan whenever he is asked questions about different country's actions, or more often inactions. His replies are very neutral and factual but I see a man who is screaming inside. He has been in the forefront of the WHO response to epidemics and pandemics for over 25 years. He has a very close acquaintanceship with death. I think that I see a man who would say: "Do something. Do more. Do it sooner. Stop messing about." except everyone of those statements would have the word "Effing" in it somewhere. His actual message is don't try to get it right because you won't succeed. When you first spot the virus start running and run as fast as you can. The longer you spend analysing and deciding the worse it will be. Governments everywhere don't seem to have understood that message.
I am totally appalled by the way some of the media present the information but I am a million times more appalled by those who think it will all be over in a couple of weeks. In 1914 the message was that the war will be over by Christmas. Everybody believed it. How many died over the followign 4 years? After ten years of Troika imposed austerity, when the curve ramps up in Greece, as I am sure it will despite the actions so far, the Greek health service will be overwhelmed in hours rather than days. As an example, in Italy, 12 percent of all detected COVID-19 cases and 16 percent of all hospitalized patients were admitted to the intensive care unit. How many ICU beds with full respirator capability does Greece have? Those who become ill enough to require full respiratory support but don't get it simply die. Not all those who get full respiratory support survive. When there aren't enough places available those with the lowest chance of survival, i.e. people like me, will simply be left to die if we are unlucky enough to catch the virus and develop viral pneumonia/ARDS.
The numbers, while still uncertain, are known with a lot more certainty than they were a couple of months ago and they don't make pretty reading. The vast majority of countries seem to fit a curve of doubling every 3 days. That means if you start with 1 case the whole of Greece becomes infected in 70 days. Initially Greece seemed to be on a doubling every 2 days which means if you start with 1 case the whole of Greece becomes infected in 46 days but it does seem to be having some success in slowing the rate, i.e. increasing the doubling time. Obviously there must come a point when the rate slows down simply because virtually everybody you meet will already have it but that only happens when a very large proportion of the population is infected. Also Greece is low down on the curve at present so it is difficult to tell exactly which curve it is on. This graph
illustrates the situation very simply.
I have also noticed that many web sites that are promoting the idea that cures have already been found are typically quite strongly anti-vaccine sites. That worries me. Everybody has an agenda. Russia is now strongly promoting the idea that the USA and the UK deliberately developed the virus and infected people in China with it. There is a lot of fake news out there.