Coronavirus is here to stay: WHO
The World Health Organization chief of the emergencies, Dr. Michael Ryan says that it’s possible that the coronavirus may never eradicate and it is here to stay.
Chief Ryan warned that it is impossible to predict when the pandemic might be controlled. “This virus may never go away,” Dr. Michael Ryan said in a news briefing on Wednesday.
Without a vaccine, he said it could take years for the population to build up sufficient levels of immunity to it. “I think it’s important to put this on the table,” he said.
According to him, this virus may become just another endemic virus in our communities like other diseases such as HIV that have never disappeared.
Ryan said there remains hope that an effective vaccine will be developed, but even then, it would require a huge amount of work to produce the shots and distribute them worldwide to people willing to be immunized.
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Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO’s technical lead for COVID-19, added that she recognized some people were “in a state of feeling quite some despair,” but pointed out that stopping the virus even without medical interventions was possible.
“The trajectory of this outbreak is in our hands,” she said. “We have seen some countries bring the virus under control.”
In the United States, the country’s top infectious disease expert issued a warning that cities and states could see more COVID-19 deaths and economic damage if they lift stay-at-home orders too quickly.
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“There is a real risk that you will trigger an outbreak that you may not be able to control,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said in Senate testimony Tuesday after more than two dozen U.S. states began to lift lockdowns.
As of Thursday morning, there were more than 4.3 million reported coronavirus cases worldwide, with more than 297,000 deaths, according to a tracking tool maintained by Johns Hopkins University.
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