The new coronavirus may never disappear and the population will have to live with it, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned this Wednesday, as some countries gradually begin to ease the restrictions imposed to stop its spread.
So far, Covid-19, which emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year, has infected more than 4.2 million people and has claimed the lives of nearly 300,000.
“We have a new virus that has reached the human population for the first time and therefore it is very difficult to predict when it will expire, ” said Michael Ryan, WHO director of emergencies.
“Perhaps this virus will become another endemic virus in our communities and perhaps never disappear,” he said in a telematic conference from Geneva.
He also mentioned the permanence of HIV, which until now remains active in the population: ” HIV has not disappeared, but we have assumed it,” he recalled.
The WHO also warned that there is no guarantee that the end of confinement, which has affected half of humanity, will not generate a second wave of infections.
” Many countries would like to end the different measures” of confinement, said the director of the world’s highest health authority, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, emphasizing that the WHO recommendation is “that countries still keep the alert at the highest possible level”.
According to Ryan, there is still a “long, long way to go” to get back to normal.
It is thought that “the confinements work perfectly and that the unconfinement will be great, but they are fraught with dangers,” warned the Irish virologist.