The coronavirus can never go down, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Dr Mike Ryan, director of emergencies at the WHO, warned against trying to predict when the virus would go away. He added that even if a vaccine is found it would take a “huge effort” to contain the virus.
Across the world, nearly 300,000 people die with coronavirus, and more than 4.3 m cases register. In the meantime, the UN warns that the pandemic causes widespread distress and mental illness-especially in countries where there is a lack of investment in mental health care. The UN encourages governments to make issues of mental health part of their overall response.
Over 100 new vaccines currently in production. However, Dr Ryan notes that there are other illnesses. It includes measles, that have not yet been eliminated despite vaccinations for them. Director-General of the WHO Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stressed that the virus could still be handled, with effort.
Blunt remarks came as many countries begin to slowly ease lockout policies. Also, leaders ponder the question of how and when to reopen economies. Dr Tedros cautioned that without causing a second wave of infections there was no sure way to ease restrictions.