The World Health Organisation WHO has warned that the deadly coronavirus is here with us to stay and may never go away, urging the mankind must begin learning to live with the disease in the same way it adjusted to HIV AIDS.
The comments were made by Dr Mike Ryan, director of the WHO’s Health Emergencies programme, after he was asked how long it might take before we see the end of the coronavirus that has brought the whole world to a stand still.
“I think it’s important to to put this on the table: this virus may become just another endemic virus in our communities and this virus may never go away. HIV has not gone away, we’ve come to terms with the virus and we have found the therapies and we found the prevention methods and people don’t feel as scared as they did before and we’re offering life to people with HIV, long healthy lives to people with HIV.” Dr Ryan said at a press conference in Geneva.
Most countries have had their economies stalled due to lock-downs imposed by government to stop the spread. At the moment, there is no vaccine for the disease expected for at least 18 months. Until such time, a lock-down is neither a cure nor viable. It is also important to note that even a vaccine may not be a permanent solution.
The million dollar question remains, Will human population stay locked down for the next 18 months or so? That’s the world’s dilemma, it is an impossibility but it is a big challenge ahead of us for Life to continue..
The reality of starting to adapt to a new life living with the virus, the number of those infected by the disease worldwide has soared to more than 4.6 million, while the death toll is over 310,000.
President Uhuru Kenyatta in his speech today announced that the number of Covid-19 cases in the country has risen to 830 while the death toll stands at 50.
To intensify the fight against the virus due to the rising cases through community transition, the Head of State ordered the closure of Kenyan border with Somalia and Tanzania. He also added that the government had extended the dawn to dusk curfew by another 21 days until June 6 2020.