COVID-19 may never go away, like HIV – WHO admits

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says that the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) may may remain with humanity like the HIV that has come to stay. 

The Executive Director of WHO’ health emergencies program, Mike Ryan,  says the COVID-19 may fall into one of the categories of viruses around the world which lead to the death of people annually. He likened the COVID-19 to the HIV virus which has been around for over 30 years.

He added that as there are now therapies for the HIV virus prevention methods, and people don’t feel as scared as they did before. In the same way, there will subsequently be therapies for the COVID-19.

Even though there is hope that there will be a vaccine for the COVID-19, there is yet no guarantee when this will be available.

Recall that the HIV/AIDS virus was first clinically confirmed in 1981 in the United States. It has since gone on to kill nearly a million people and has infected over 38 million people across the world. However, Over 30 years on, no vaccine has been found for HIV, but research is ongoing to beat the disease.

For the COVID-19 to be really helpful to addressing the current COVID-19 pandemic, it needs to be produced, made available to as many people as possible and then put to use by many for the results to be effective.

While it has become easy to compare these two viruses, they may be different in the way they will affect humanity over the coming months and years.

“This disease may settle into a long-term problem or it may not be.”

As of May 13, 2020, the Coronavirus has infected over 4.4 million people globally, and has killed nearly 300,000 people.

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