WHO say corona-virus may never go away


The novel corona-virus is likely to stick with us for a while, much like HIV has, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said as it warned people that they may have to learn to live with it.
Speaking at a briefing on Wednesday, WHO emergencies director Dr Mike Ryan warned against trying to predict when the virus would disappear.
The virus has so far infected 4.3 million people worldwide and led to nearly 300,000 deaths. The worst-hit regions are now Europe and the US.
“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,” Dr Ryan told the virtual press conference from Geneva.
He added that even if a vaccine is found, controlling the virus will require a massive effort.
“HIV has not gone away – but we have come to terms with the virus.”
Dr Ryan then said he doesn’t believe “anyone can predict when this disease will disappear”.
The United Nations health agency has been releasing a raft of guidelines as to how operations should resume as lock-down measures continue to be eased across different countries globally.


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