#Covid-19 may become endemic like HIV- WHO

The World Health Organization(WHO) has made it clear that Covid-19 could become endemic like HIV(Human immune deficiency virus). Hence, Population around the world will have to live with it.

In order to overcome the pandemic spread disease,many countries are doing their very best to curtail Covid-19. Meanwhile other countries begin gradually easing lock down restrictions.

The WHO in an online interview on the May 13,2020 stated that, Covid-19 may become endemic like HIV, thereby it may never be eradicated entirely.

WHO emergencies expert, Dr Micheal Ryan stated at online media briefing on Wednesday;

“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. HIV has not gone away, but we have come to terms with the virus,” he said.


However, Ryan said that even though the world had some control on how to cope with the disease, it will still take a “massive effort” even when they have found a vaccine.

Ryan continued by saying, “I think it is important we are realistic and I don’t think anyone can predict when this disease will disappear. I think there are no promises in this and there are no dates. This disease may settle into a long problem, or it may not be,”

As at the time the corona virus crisis began in January, more than half of humanity has been put under some form of lock down.

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While the virus is still circulating, governments around the world are struggling with the question on how to reopen their economies. Which has affected almost 4.3 million people and caused more than 291,000 deaths.

A gradual reopening of borders within the bloc that have been shut by the pandemic was pushed by the European Union on Wednesday. Saying it was not too late to reinstate some of the summer tourist season while still keeping safe.

But the public health experts expresses their consent saying, there must be an extreme caution to avoid new outbreaks. Ryan said to open land borders was less risky than easing air travel, hence, it was a “different challenge”

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WHO epidemiologist Maria van kerkhove told the briefing saying, “We need to get into the mindset that it is going to take some time to come out of this pandemic.”

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus added: “The trajectory is in our own hands, and it’s everybody’s business, and we should all contribute to stop this pandemic.”

Many countries would like to get out of the different measures, but our recommendation is still the alert at any country should be at the highest level possible,” he said.

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