The new coronavirus may never go away and the world will have to learn to live with it, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Wednesday. Michael Ryan, the WHO’s emergencies director, who was quoted by international news agencies said the virus may never be wiped out entirely.
“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,” Ryan said. “This virus may become just another endemic virus in our communities and may never go away,” he said at a virtual press conference in Geneva. Across the world, several countries are easing the lockdown restrictions that were imposed to contain the spread of the disease, which was first reported from Wuhan in China late last year.
Since then over 42 lakh people across the world have been infected and over 3 lakh killed by the virus. “HIV has not gone away – but we have come to terms with the virus,” Ryan was quoted. It also said that there was no guarantee that easing lockdown will not trigger a second wave of infections. WHO has asked countries to remain alert. WHO also condemned the attack on healthcare workers across the globe and called it an ill-informed reaction.