Dr. Michael Ryan, head of emergencies for the World Health Organization (WHO), announced a rough estimate that would increase the world's total affection rate. The announcement came at a special session of the executive board of the WHO. The session was a follow-up to look into WHO and the world's response to the pandemic.

The estimates announced suggest that about 10% of the population may have contracted COVID-19. This announcement is a 20% increase over Johns Hopkins University estimates, who have been tallying statistics for COVID-19 since the pandemic started.

WHO's new estimates mean that about 760 million people contracted COVID-19.

What does this mean?

COVID-19 has dominated the news for the past six months. New affections, new hot spots seem to dominate the news cycles. Those reports are incorrect, according to the WHO.

Their estimates are 20% higher than reported—the WHO did not mention an increase in the death rate.

The new data decreases the death rate of COVID-19. It does not make the virus less dangerous. COVID-19 is still dangerous, but this news lowers the percentage of people who have died from the disease.

The 10% affection rate means that 90% of the population did not contract the virus. As reported by AP News, Dr. Michael Ryan stated, "many deaths have been averted and many more lives to be protected." This pandemic will continue to grow and threaten the world's populations.

Cases of COVID-19 continue to affect different areas of the world

COVID-19 is increasing worldwide. It affects different areas at different rates. Africa and the western Pacific are now experiencing fewer cases. Southeast Asia, Europe, and the eastern Mediterranean are seeing their cases grow.

The executive board meeting's special session was to follow up on the resolution to study the pandemic's handling worldwide.

The United States representative was Assistant Secretary of Health, Brett Giroir. He was inquiring about normalizing relations with the Chinese government.

Trump pulled funding for WHO in April

Donald Trump was not supportive of the World Health Organization. He believed that they were inadequate in their response to stop the spread of the virus from China.

They diagnosed Donald Trump with COVID-19 and is still under quarantine.

Newsweek reports that the New York Times completed an investigation into the WHO, published last week. Their investigation showed that the WHO encouraged mass tourism. The virus is airborne and transmitted from human to human, which the World Health Organization initially denied.

The WHO was against closing borders; they believed that open borders were necessary to help fight the disease.

The New York Times investigation shows the World Health Organization's missteps in the pandemic's beginning stages. The research confirms Donald Trump's criticism of the organization that their response was not adequate to the virus. The virus has affected every country in the world, some more than others.

The World Health Organization's responsibilities are to bring all countries together for health responses worldwide. The New York Times report states that their decisions included politics and economics. The health of the worldwide population was their responsibility, and they base their decisions on science regardless of the countries' politics or economics.