Yes, you heard it right… the WHO warned on May 13, that the new coronavirus may never go away and the whole world will have to learn to live with it forever.
As quite a number of countries around the world have already ease-down the lockdown restrictions which were imposed to stop the novel coronavirus from spreading, and resume their factories and businesses to secure the failing economies.
The virus first emerged in Wuhan – China in the last year and has since infected around 4.2 million people and killed more than 300,000 worldwide.
Michael Ryan, the WHO’s emergencies director said, “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.”
In a virtual press in Geneva, he said, “This virus may become just another endemic virus in our communities and this virus may never go away.”
More than 80% of humanity has been put under some form of lockdown since the coronavirus erupted.
The deadliest aspect of easing down the restrictions is that there is no way to guarantee that easing the lockdown would not trigger another, maybe greater, wave of infections.
The Irish epidemiologist said, “There is some magical thinking going on that lockdowns work perfectly and that unlocking lockdowns will go great. Both are fraught with dangers.”
Ryan also condemned attacks on healthcare workers, saying more than 35 “quite serious” incidents were recorded in April across 11 countries, mainly due to over-reactions from ill-informed communities.
He insisted that conquering the virus requires major steps and obviously, finding a vaccine and making it globally accessible.