COVID-19: This virus may never go away; it may be another endemic – WHO warns

COVID-19: This virus may never go away; it may be another endemic – WHO warns

- The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the coronavirus may never go away

- Emergencies Director for WHO, Dr. Mike Ryan, said that even if a vaccine is found, controlling the virus will require a “massive effort”

- Dr. Ryan also noted there are other illnesses, such as measles, that still haven’t been eliminated despite there being vaccines for them

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the coronavirus disease otherwise known as the COVID-19 may never go away.

The Emergencies Director for WHO, Dr. Mike Ryan, cautioned those who are trying to predict when the deadly virus would actually disappear to hold their horses.

Speaking at a news briefing on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, he said that even if a vaccine is found, controlling the virus will require a “massive effort”.

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“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,” Dr Ryan told the virtual press conference from Geneva.

Dr Ryan just like HIV which has not gone away after all these years, people have to come to terms with the virus which has already killed many.

Dr. Ryan also noted there are other illnesses, such as measles, that still haven’t been eliminated despite there being vaccines for them.

Meanwhile, almost 300,000 people worldwide are reported to have died after contracting the coronavirus with more than 4.3m cases recorded.

READ ALSO: Coronavirus: 32 nurses, midwives infected by virus - GRNMA

In other news, some 32 Ghanaian nurses and midwives are down with COVID-19 while hundreds of their colleagues have also been quarantined following exposure to the virus, the President of Ghana Registered and Midwives Association (GRNMA), Mrs. Perpetual Ofori-Ampofo has revealed.

She made the revelation on the sidelines of the launch of the 60th-anniversary celebration of the Association on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, which marks the international day for nurses.

Mrs. Ofori-Ampofo also stated that over 250 nurses and midwives are currently under quarantine and are being managed at different levels.

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