The World Health Organization (WHO) warned that coronavirus could stay for good, said CNN.
Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO’s health emergencies program, said, “This virus just may become another endemic virus in our communities and this virus may never go away. HIV hasn’t gone away.”
“I’m not comparing the two diseases but I think it is important that we’re realistic. I don’t think anyone can predict when or if this disease will disappear,” he explained in a press briefing in Geneva.
According to Johns Hopkins University’s latest tally, more than 4.3 million cases of the virus have been recorded worldwide.
“We may have a shot at eliminating this virus but that vaccine will have to be available, it will have to be highly effective, it will have to be made available to everyone and we’ll have to use it. This disease may settle into a long-term problem or it may not,” Ryan added.
Meanwhile, teen activist Greta Thunberg urged the world to listen to scientists as she describes the devastating impact the coronavirus pandemic is having around the world.
“During any crisis, it is always the most vulnerable people who are hit the hardest, and that is children,” she said in a CNN Coronavirus Town Hall interview with hosts Anderson Cooper and CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
“Especially in the global south, people in the poorest parts of the world, especially people living in conflict zones and refugee camps,” she added.
Appealing to all, Thunberg addressed misinformation around the disease, including how it was originally believed that Covid-19 affected only elderly people.
“Yes, this does affect elderly people a lot, but we also have to remember that this is also a children’s rights crisis, because children are the most vulnerable in societies. Children do get the virus and they also spread it,” she added.
Thunberg is only 17-years-old.