US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — Covid-19 coronavirus disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 could be another “endemic infection,” Michael Ryan , director of the World Health Organization‘s Emergency Management Program , said .
“It is very difficult to predict when we can defeat him (the new coronavirus. – Approx. Ed.) . Now the proportion of infected people in the world is relatively small, ”he said. “This virus may become another endemic infection in our communities and may never disappear.” Like HIV, which has not disappeared. But we were able to take it under control, we found therapeutic agents, and now people are not so much afraid of this virus. People with HIV live quite a long time. Therefore, it is very important to look at things realistically. We don’t know how long it will take to defeat the virus.”
Ryan recalled that, of course, an important step in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic will be the development of a vaccine, which is currently being worked on by many scientific groups, and vaccination around the world. However, even when the drug appears, fighting the infection will require “tremendous effort.” In addition, it must be effective and accessible to all people.
Covid-19 "may never go away," says Michael Ryan, head of the World Health Organization’s health emergencies program adding that the "massive moonshot" of finding a vaccine will be only the first step toward eradicating the disease https://t.co/xJSG58ATji pic.twitter.com/Lt1Xep6DVj
Although more than 100 potential vaccines are currently under development, Ryan noted that there are other diseases, such as measles, that have not yet been eliminated, despite the availability of the necessary drugs that provide the body with the activation of acquired immunity.
Maria Van Kerchove, head of the WHO new diseases unit, epidemiologist, in turn, added: “You need to come to the conclusion that it will take some time to get out of this pandemic.” Statements by experts were made in connection with the fact that the governments of some countries decided to gradually weaken quarantine. The organization’s general director, Tedros Adhan Gebreisus, emphasized that there is no guaranteed way to exit the restriction regime without risking launching a second wave of morbidity.
“Many countries would like to abandon various measures,” he said. But our recommendation, as before, is that a warning in any country should be at the highest possible level. ”
According to Johns Hopkins University (USA), the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus has entered 188 countries. In total, more than 4.36 million people were exposed to him in the world, of which 1.55 million managed to cope with the disease and recover, almost 300 thousand patients died. According to estimates, in the list of countries most affected by Covid-19, the United States has long been in the first line (1.39 million infected have been recorded there), Russia in recent days has come in second with 252 thousand patients. Further down the list: United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Brazil, France, Germany, Turkey and Iran. China – the “homeland” of the outbreak – moved to 11th place.
Despite the fact that the victory over the epidemic in the PRC was announced at the end of March, in the last days there, namely in the city of Wuhan, new cases of the disease were revealed. In this regard (and fearing the second wave of Covid-19), the authorities decided to conduct a large-scale testing of the residents of Wuhan for the presence of a pathogen.
Previously, scientists discovered that SARS-CoV-2 mutated and became more contagious, and a study by French doctors showed that the first case of coronavirus infection in Paris, in fact, was at the end of December last year.
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