Coronavirus COVID-19 may not go away with time, but will become another disease that humanity is dealing with every day, said Wednesday World Health Organization (WHO) Emergency Program Manager Mike Ryan.
“This virus could become another pervasive virus in our communities, and it may not go away. HIV is not gone,” CNN quoted him as saying.
“I don’t compare the two diseases, but I think it’s important to be realistic. I don’t think anyone can predict if and when the disease will disappear,” he said.
According to him, the emergence of the vaccine may give hope, but this option requires a number of conditions, including the wide availability of the drug and its effectiveness.
For her part, Maria Van Kerkhove, head of the WHO’s Emergency Disease Unit, said that despite all the difficulties, “the trajectory of this outbreak is in our hands. At the same time, she noted that a number of countries managed to control the spread of the disease.
Earlier Wednesday, the American Johns Hopkins University reported that almost 300 thousand people in the world died after being infected with COVID-19. During the pandemic, coronavirus was detected in more than 4.2 million people in the world, but among them, more than 1.5 million people have already recovered.