WHO emergencies chief says novel coronavirus may be here to stay

Workers wearing personal protective equipment perform drive-up COVID-19 testing administered from a car at Mend Urgent Care testing site for the novel coronavirus on Wednesday in Los Angeles. 
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Date of Publication: May 14, 2020

Source: CBC

Dr. Michael Ryan, the World Health Organization’s emergencies chief, said it is possible that the new coronavirus “may become another endemic virus in our communities” and that it is impossible to predict when the virus will be controlled. He continued to say there remains hope that an effective vaccine will be developed, however, even the production and distribution of the vaccine would require a great deal of work. On the other hand, without a vaccine it could take years for the population to build sufficient levels of immunity to it. Dr. Ryan noted other novel diseases such as HIV that never disappeared, but now there are effective treatments to allow HIV to be treated as a chronic condition. Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO’s technical lead for COVID-19, has said that there is a way to stop the virus without medical intervention, since “we have seen some countries bring the virus under control”. 

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Summary by: Manjot Sunner