WHO Warns “Coronavirus May Never Go Away”

Michael Ryan said, “This virus may become just another pandemic virus in our communities and this virus may never go away”



SWITZERLAND| On Wednesday, WHO warns the world stating the novel coronavirus may never go away and populations around the world will have to learn to live with it.

Countries across the world gradually easing lockdown restrictions imposed in a bid to stop the novel coronavirus from spreading, the WHO said it may never be wiped out entirely.

Wuhan, China the virus emerged from late last year and has since infected more than 4.2 million people and killed nearly 300,000 worldwide.

Michael Ryan, the WHO’s emergencies director, “We have a new virus entering the human population for the first time and therefore it is very hard to predict when we will prevail over it”.

While talking to press virtually in Geneva Ryan said, “This virus may become just another pandemic virus in our communities and this virus may never go away”.

He also said, “HIV has not gone away but we have come to terms with the virus.”

More than half of humanity is experiencing lockdown since the coronavirus crisis began. WHO warned there was no way to guarantee that easing the restrictions would not trigger a second wave of infections.

“Many countries would like to get out of the different measures,” said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “But our recommendation is still the alert at any country should be at the highest level possible.”

Ryan also added that there was a “long, long way to go” to come returning to normal, insisting that countries would have to stay the course.

Irish epidemiologist said, “There is some magical thinking going on that lockdowns work perfectly and that unlocking lockdowns will go great. Both are fraught with dangers”.

Ryan also condemned attacks happening on the health workers that were linked to the pandemic, stating more than 35 “quite serious” such incidents were recorded in April alone in 11 countries. He said the attacks were often over-reactions from ill-informed communities while others were more sinister.

He said, “COVID-19 is bringing out the best in us, but it’s also bringing out some of the worst”. “People feel empowered to take out their frustrations on individuals who are purely trying to help. These are senseless acts of violence and discrimination that must be resisted.”

But he insisted that in finding a way to conquer the virus was a chance for humanity to take a major step forward by finding a vaccine and making it widely accessible. “It’s a massive opportunity for the world,” Ryan said.

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