Coronavirus may never go away World Health Organisation expert warns

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STARK WARNING: “There are no promises in this and there are no dates”, Dr Ryan said. CREDIT: World Health Organization (WHO) Facebook @WHO

CORONAVIRUS may never be wiped out entirely, a World Health Organisation expert has warned.

Speaking at an online press briefing in Geneva on Wednesday, WHO Assistant Director-General for Emergencies Mike Ryan cautioned against any attempts to predict how long Covid-19 would keep circulating.

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“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,” he said.

He added, “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.”


The Irish epidemiologist said that even if a vaccine is found it will take a “massive effort” to overcome Covid-19.

He also pointed out that while there are vaccines for illnesses like measles the disease has not been completely eliminated.





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