Estava perfeitamente ciente desta mudança mas nunca tinha procurado em 2020 referencias para tal. Como vivi a “pandemia” de 2009 sabia perfeitamente que tinha acontecido esta mudança de critério na altura, mas só agora fui procurar prova de tal mudança. Aqui fica.
Retirou em 2009 todas as referências a “elevada mortalidade” passando a permitir que quase qualquer doença seja declarada “pandemia” mesmo que seja um corrimento nasal inócuo.
In retrospect, criticism has been levelled at the WHO for ‘lowering thethreshold’ for a pandemic191 when they changed the definition by removing therequirement for a pandemic to cause ‘enormous numbers of deaths and illness’
Since 2003, the top of the WHO Pandemic Preparedness homepage has contained the following statement: “An influenza pandemic occurs when a new influenza virus appears against which the human population has no immunity, resulting in several simultaneous epidemics worldwide with enormous numbers of deaths and illness.”6 However, on 4 May 2009, scarcely one month before the H1N1 pandemic was declared, the web page was altered in response to a query from a CNN reporter.7 The phrase “enormous numbers of deaths and illness” had been removed and the revised web page simply read as follows: “An influenza pandemic may occur when a new influenza virus appears against which the human population has no immunity.”