COVID-19 to stay around for longer

Health workers at the Mbgathi District hospital wearing PPEs.

The novel coronavirus is likely to stick with us for a while, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

WHO emergencies director Dr Mike Ryan warned against trying to predict when the virus would disappear. Instead he urged people that they may have to learn to live with it.

“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,”  said Dr Ryan.

Speaking at briefing in Geneva, Dr Ryan stated 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.” he added.

The virus has so far infected 4.3 million people worldwide and led to nearly 300,000 deaths. The worst-hit regions are now the US and Europe.