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WHO Says Coronavirus ‘May Never Go Away’

With over 300,000 people dying from the COVID-19, most are praying that the coronavirus will go away. But according to the World Health Organization (WHO), there is a possibility that the virus may never go away. Even if there was a vaccine available, WHO emergencies director Dr. Mike Ryan said that it would take a "massive effort" to take control of the virus.

Most are making their predictions on how long the COVID-19 pandemic will last. Some claim that it may last for a year or two, while others are comparing it to the 1918 Spanish Flu. But Ryan feels that the strain may never go away, BBC reported.

"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," Ryan said in a virtual press conference from Geneva.

From there, he singled out other pandemics that have come out such as HIV. He pointed out how the virus is still around, although they were able to come to terms with it. As far as making predictions, he does not believe that anyone can rightfully predict when the coronavirus will disappear.

The race for a working vaccine continues with over 100 potential vaccines on the table. For WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, it is still possible to control COVID-19 but it will take a lot of effort.

"The trajectory is in our hands, and it's everybody's business, and we should all contribute to stop this pandemic," he said.

The reality is that the people need to accept the possibility that it will take time before the COVID-19 virus does die down or be contained. The statements come not long after several countries have started plans to reopen economies by easing lockdown measures. Tied up to that, the looming possibility of seeing a second wave of COVID-19 infections is up in the air.

"There is some magical thinking going on that lockdowns work perfectly and that unlocking lockdowns will go great. Both are fraught with dangers," Ryan said.

In a previous post, it was mentioned how there were three scenarios the world is facing. And one of them is possibly a second larger wave that could happen in the fall or winter. The others were on smaller waves but occurring in the summer and beyond, possibly bringing a series of repetitive COVID-19 cases.

Contact Tracing and COVID-19 Contact tracing aims to prevent the spread of the virus at a certain area with is a more targeted effort that involves directly connecting to at-risk people and advising them to self-isolate.  Pixabay

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