The novel coronavirus might “never go away” and instead could take on a status similar to HIV or AIDS, according to a top official at the World Health Organization (WHO).
Dr. Mike Ryan, who serves as the agency’s authority on emergencies, told an online briefing Wednesday that the virus might be impervious to total obliteration, Reuters reported.
“It is important to put this on the table: This virus may become just another endemic virus in our communities, and this virus may never go away,” he said
“I think it is important we are realistic and I don’t think anyone can predict when this disease will disappear,” Ryan added. “I think there are no promises in this and there are no dates. This disease may settle into a long problem, or it may not be.”