Coronavirus: Just like HIV, COVID-19 may never go away - WHO

Coronavirus: Just like HIV, COVID-19 may never go away - WHO

- The new deadly coronavirus, Covid-19, may never go away, just like the HIV

- This was disclosed by the executive director of the WHO's health emergencies program, Mike Ryan

- As of Thursday, May 14, Covid-19 has infected over 4.4 million people across the globe, and has killed nearly 300,000 people

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) may never go away.

This was disclosed by Mike Ryan who is the executive director of the WHO's health emergencies program, BBC reports.

Legit.ng gathers that Ryan said the new virus may just become one of the viruses around the world that kill people annually.

Coronavirus: Just like HIV, COVID-19 may never go away - WHO

COVID-19 may never go away, says WHO's Mike Ryan. Photo credit: The Cable
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“This virus just may become another endemic virus in our communities and this virus may never go away. HIV hasn’t gone away,” Ryan was quoted to have said on Wednesday, May 13.

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“We’ve come to terms with the virus and we have found the therapies and we have found the prevention methods, and people don’t feel as scared as they did before.

“There are no promises in this and there are no dates”.

Note that HIV/AIDS was first clinically observed in 1981 in the United States. Over 30 years on, it has gone on to kill nearly a million people and has infected over 38 million people across the world.

Though research is still ongoing, no vaccine has been found for HIV.

Ryan said for Covid-19 to be eliminated, a highly effective vaccine will have to be produced and made available to everyone across the world.

“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.

“This disease may settle into a long-term problem or it may not be,” the WHO expert added.

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According to Worldometre, Covid-19 has infected over 4.4 million people across the globe and has killed nearly 300,000 people as of Thursday, May 14.

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Meanwhile, Mauritius has declared that it is officially free of the deadly coronavirus that has taken the world by storm, becoming the second African country to declare virus-free status after infection.

According to the island nation’s official COVID-19 page, 322 people had recovered out of the 332 confirmed cases so far. 10 people have since died.

May 11 marked the fifteenth consecutive day that the no-new-case was recorded in the country.

Legit.ng gathers that a lockdown, however, remains in place to contain the possible spread of the virus.

Weeks ago, Mauritania declared itself coronavirus-free after six coronavirus patients recovered and left the hospital, while one person succumbed to the virus.

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In other news, Nigerians have reacted after Pastor Tunde Bakare of the Citadel Global Community Church formerly known as Latter Rain Assembly donated his church to the Lagos state government to be used as coronavirus isolation centre.

After the cleric made the announcement via the church's Twitter page on Sunday, May 10, it generated reactions from Nigerians on the microblogging site.

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