If people are waiting for a time where there will be no coronavirus to bother, the World Health Organization (WHO) warns that it may never happen.
“It is important to put this on the table: this virus may become just another endemic virus in our communities, and this virus may never go away,” Mike Ryan, WHO’s health emergency head told on a Wednesday virtual briefing in Geneva.
Even a vaccine can’t promise complete eradication: WHO
According to reports, there are over a hundred potential vaccines in development but as Dr. Rayan added: there is no telling when a potential one comes up, and even if it does, it would be a “moon shot.”
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) May 13, 2020
It must be voted, there are vaccines for diseases like measles but the disease has still not been eradicated, Dr. Ryan noted.
To date, more than 300,000 people succumbed to the disease with 4.3 million infections worldwide. The novel coronavirus originated in Wuhan, China, and became the bane of humanity in no time.
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The top WHO official compared the coronavirus with HIV saying that the virus has not gone away, and we’ve learned to live with it. Dr. Ryan shot down the widespread belief that a potential vaccine will eradicate it.
“(…)we’ve come to terms with the virus and we have found the therapies and we have found the prevention methods, and people don’t feel as scared as they did before.”
WHO epidemiologist Maria van Kerkhove added the world must adopt the mindset that it will take some time to come out of this Pandemic.
World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, however, “The trajectory is in our hands, and it’s everybody’s business, and we should all contribute to stopping this pandemic.”
Speaking about different countries across the world easing lockdown to ramp up the falling economy, the WHO boss warned: “Our recommendation is still the alert at any country should be at the highest level possible.” He reaffirmed that there are no guaranteed way to ease lockdown without chances of a recurring second wave.
(Cover image courtesy of WHO vis Twitter)