WHO envisages COVID-19 pandemic will last less than 1918 Spanish flu

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World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that he expects the current novel coronavirus pandemic will be over earlier than the 1918 Spanish flu was.

Tedros said, the Spanish flu – one of the deadliest and widespread pandemics that stuck humanity – took two years to end. But the present coronavirus pandemic will take less than a year to get over if the world unites to find a vaccine.

Reuters noted, the WHO is cautious in predicting the end of pandemic, since there is no proper vaccine yet.

“And in our situation now with more technology, and of course with more connectedness, the virus has a better chance of spreading, it can move fast because we are more connected now,” Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a Geneva briefing.

“But at the same time, we have also the technology to stop it and the knowledge to stop it. So we have a disadvantage of globalization, closeness, connectedness but the advantage of better technology.

“So we hope to finish this pandemic (in) less than two years.”

It must be noted, even though the coronavirus pandemic has spread alarmingly, it is nowhere close to the number of infections the Spanish flu pandemic had. An estimated 500 million people across the world. 20-50 million is said to have lost their lives, according to History.Com

There was a scarcity in technology and infrastructure to fight a deadly and contagious disease, such as the Spanish flu or the flu of 1918, and hence the only weapon to fight the disease was social distancing.

The novel coronavirus has so far infected more than 21 million people globally, and nearly 80k people have died. The virus originated in China last year in Wuhan and is said to have sprung from a bat on humans.