Thursday, May 14, 2020 – The World Health Organization has warned that thenovel coronavirus is likely to stick with us for a while, much like HIV.
Speaking at a briefing on Wednesday, WHO Emergencies Director, Dr Mike Ryan, stated that it is impossible to predict when the virus would disappear and added that people may have to learn to live with it.
The Covid19 virus was first reported in Wuhan, China, in November 2019 and has so far infected 4.3 million people worldwide and led to nearly 300,000 deaths.
While the virus was first reported in China, the worst-hit regions are now Europe and the US.
In the US alone, over 1.4 million people have been infected and nearly 90,000 people have died.
“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.”
Some countries have already started easing restrictions on movement after being in total lockdown to curb the spread of this deadly virus.
In Kenya, for instance, Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary, Macharia Kamau, while appearing on Citizen TV on Wednesday said that Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) will be resuming passenger flights.
The Kenyan DAILY POST.