The World Health Organization has reiterated that the COVID-19 may never go away, a global health chief has warned, saying it was impossible to predict when the pandemic might be controlled.
Since coronavirus became a pandemic, governments across the world have been tempted to lay restrictions on movements, hence preventing many people from plying their businesses. selling of goods and services have been stalled and even feeding has become a problem in some part of the country. While coronavirus is compelling more and more physical business spots –such as makeshift shops, stalls and marketplaces –to close down, the pandemic is yet an eye-opener drawing people’s attention to the need for online skill acquisition and other necessary knowledge as means of survival.
However, without a vaccine, it could take years for the entire population to build up and design a sufficient levels of immunity to the disease, said Dr Michael Ryan, executive director of health emergencies at the World Health Organization (WHO).
This virus may never go away,” said Dr Ryan on Thursday.
“There is a long way to go before there is going to be any bells unrung in this response. We need to be clear about that.”
The whole world is trying to adapt to the reality of the coronavirus pandemic, with countries “trying to find a path out and a path towards a new normal,” Dr Ryan said, but he added that it might be a while before life goes back to normal.
“We’re going to be on that path for a long, long time,” he said. “Even a small recurrence of disease can cause a need for a serious response in terms of the public health response.”
The coronavirus may become “just another endemic virus in our communities”, the WHO official added, noting that other previously novel diseases such as HIV have never disappeared, but that effective treatments have been developed to allow people to live with the disease.
Furthermore, according to research, there are well over 150 development projects and clinical trials researching the COVID-19 vaccine worldwide.
In a press briefing on Thursday, the European Medicines Agency predicted that there could be licensed drugs to treat coronavirus in the next few months and that a vaccine might even be approved in early 2021, in a “best-case scenario.”
Additionally, Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have been described as both a blessing and a curse during this novel coronavirus disease pandemic ravaging our world. This is because they have had somewhat of mixed impacts on the spread of the virus and the efforts to control it. On one side, these platforms have served as dependable and reliable medium for dissemination of information regarding protection from the virus; and on the other side, social media platforms have also easily become willing tools in the hands of those with malicious intents who utilize them to spread panic, fake news, and conspiracy theories.
Considering the fact that this virus may stay longer than expected within our communities, it will be wise for everyone to seek for ways of living peacefully with this coronavirus rather than creating panic and fears.
Countries all over the world have spent money to fight this virus. Scientists in different parts of the western world are still carrying out research on a vaccine to fight it.
To date, the only preventive and widely approve measure used in the world is to stay at home because the virus has a fast speed of transmission since it can survive for several hours on the air. There are asymptomatic patients those who have it, but show no symptoms. For this reason, the World Health Organization have been sensitizing people on social distancing, regular washing of hands, use of nose mask, and covering their mouth when sneezing. The purpose of this is to flatten the curve of infected people since no vaccine for it.
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