Coronavirus May Never Go Away like HIV: WHO

May 14, 2020

The World Health Organization warned that the new coronavirus that was initially identified in Wuhan, China, and has infected over 4.2 million people and killed approximately 300,000 worldwide, may never go away and populations around the world will have to learn to live with it.

The WHO said that the virus may never be wiped out entirely since some countries are beginning to slowly alleviate the lockdown which was imposed in order to prevent the virus from spreading.

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The WHO’s emergencies director, Michael Ryan, said that the new virus entering the human population for the first time might become another endemic virus like the HIV. He also added that there is a long way to go on the path to returning to normal.

There is no doubt that over half of humanity is under some form of lockdown since the coronavirus crisis began but the WHO warned that an ease in lockdown might trigger a second wave of infections.

Ryan also condemned attacks on healthcare workers that were linked to the pandemic which were often over-reactions from ill-informed people. He also said that the virus is not only bringing the best in us but also some of the worst.

He insisted that it will be a chance for a huge step forward for humanity by finding a vaccine for this virus and making it widely accessible.

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