WHO Officials Say Coronavirus May Never Go Away
Another bad news...
The novel Coronavirus has held our lives as a hostage in our own homes. It’s safe to say that every one of us can’t wait for it to go away. However, it looks like we may have to learn to live with it. World Health Organization (WHO) officials have said that COVID-19 may never go away.
It may never go away, say WHO Officials
The executive director of the WHO health emergencies program, Dr. Mike Ryan has bad news for people around the world. He believes that the Coronavirus can join the list of viruses that kill people every year. He said:
This virus just may become another endemic virus in our communities and this virus may never go away. HIV hasn’t gone away, I’m not comparing the two diseases but I think it is important that we’re realistic. I don’t think anyone can predict when or if this disease will disappear.”
With more than 4.4 million confirmed cases worldwide, the spread of COVID-19 is worrying for the WHO. Ryan says that a vaccine can be the cure, but it’ll have to be very effective and readily available:
We may have a shot at eliminating this virus but that vaccine will have to be available, it will have to be highly effective, it will have to be made available to everyone and we’ll have to use it. This disease may settle into a long-term problem or it may not.
Not all hope is gone
After hearing such harrowing news from the senior official, WHO infectious disease epidemiologist Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove gave some better news regarding the Coronavirus:
The trajectory of this outbreak is in our hands. The global community has come together to work in solidarity. We have seen countries bring this virus under control. We have seen countries use public health measures.
It might sound very damning, but humans have learned to live with several viruses. With testing becoming cheaper over time, and contact tracing becoming better, things will be able to return to normal. Moreover, this is only the worst-case scenario where we won’t be able to find a vaccine for the Coronavirus. The World Health Organization is coordinating a global effort in finding the vaccine, but even if we can’t, all hope is not lost.