The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that ‘The Novel coronavirus (Covid-19) may never go away’ from the earth. Director Michael Ryan, the World Health Organization’s director of emergency affairs, could not say when the virus would be eradicated. He said that even if the antidote was available, there would be a “massive effort” to control the virus. News from the BBC
So far, more than 4.3 million people have been infected with the virus worldwide and about 300,000 people have died. “This virus can stay with us as a genetic disease and may never be completely eradicated,” Dr Ryan told a virtual press conference in Geneva.
Referring to HIV, he said, “HIV has not been eradicated. But we have been able to coexist with that virus. Dr Ryan added that he did not want to believe that anyone could give an idea of when the virus would be eradicated.
At present, there are at least 100 attempts to develop a possible coronavirus antidote. However, Dr. Ryan reminded that the discovery of the antidote does not guarantee the extinction of the virus. He noted that although the measles vaccine was discovered a long time ago, measles has not yet disappeared from the face of the earth.
However, World Health Organization Secretary-General Tedros Ghebreyesus, expressed optimism about controlling the virus through concerted efforts. “It’s in our hands and it’s a headache for all of us,” he said. The contribution of all of us is important to stop this epidemic.
“It will take time for us to get out of this epidemic situation, we must be mentally prepared for it,” World Health Organization pathologist Maria Van Karkhov told a briefing.
The World Health Organization (WHO) official made the remarks at a time when countries are gradually easing their lockdown and many more leaders are considering opening up economic activities in their respective countries.
Dr. Tedros warned that if the curfew was lifted, the risk of a second round of infection would remain. “Many countries would like to relax the precautionary measures,” he said. But our recommendation is that any country should still be on high alert.
Dr Ryan warned: “Many people think the lockdown was 100% effective and that the situation would be better if the lockdown was lifted. These two ideas are very risky.