The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) may never go away, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said.
Mike Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization health emergency program, says the virus may just become one of the viruses around the world that kill people annually.
“This virus just may become another endemic virus in our communities and this virus may never go away. HIV hasn’t gone away,” Ryan said on Wednesday.“I’m not comparing the two diseases but I think it is important that we’re realistic. I
don’t think anyone can predict when or if this disease will disappear” HIV/AIDS was first clinically observed in 1981 in the United States, it has gone on to kill nearly a million people and has infected over 38 million people across the world.
Over 30 years on, no vaccine has been found for HIV, but research is ongoing to beat the disease. Ryan said:
“(With a vaccine)… we may have a shot at eliminating this virus but that vaccine will have to be available, it will have to be highly effective, it will have to be made available to everyone and we’ll have to use it.
“This disease may settle into a long-term problem or it may not be.”Coronavirus is continuing its spread across the world, with more than four million confirmed cases in 187 countries.
Nearly 300,000 people have lost their lives. The United States alone has more than 1.3 million confirmed cases – about six times as many as any other country.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in its daily report on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, said the new cases were confirmed in 21 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
The NCDC said 51 of the new cases were recorded in Lagos, bringing the total of confirmed cases in the state to 2041.
Following the announcement of 184 new cases of the coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria, the cases of the infection have risen to 4, 971 in the country.