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According to the WHO, eradicating covid-19 is going to be unlikely

Published on:11 July 2020, 13:13pm IST
It’s time that we start learning to live with covid-19 as it’s not going to go anywhere, anytime soon.
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There’s another twist in the covid-19 tale and this one is going to change the way we live completely. Firstly, let’s tell you the big news, which is that according to WHO officials eradicating covid-19 once and for all is very unlikely. 

Yeah! This means it is going to stay with us maybe forever.  

Dr Mike Ryan, head of the World Health Organization’s emergencies programme, said on Friday it is unlikely that the new coronavirus would be eliminated.

“In the current situation it is unlikely we can eradicate this virus,” he told an online briefing from Geneva.

He said that, by extinguishing clusters of infection, the world could “potentially avoid the worst of having second peaks and having to move backward in terms of lockdown”.

It’s time to pay heed to what the WHO is saying. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

This is not the first time WHO has said that the SARS-CoV-2 is here to stay
The WHO has always been vocal about the fact that covid-19 is not going anywhere.

On 13th May 2020, Ryan in his official statement mentioned that the novel coronavirus might not ever go away and we might have to learn to live with it.

“We have a new virus entering the human population for the first time and therefore it is very hard to predict when we will prevail over it,” he had said.

“This virus may become just another endemic virus in our communities and this virus may never go away.”

He added:

HIV has not gone away—but we have come to terms with the virus.

In fact, in April, Harvard scientists had suggested that in order to deal with covid-19 effectively, we will need to practice social distancing till the year 2022.

We have to work on our emotional and mental well-being to deal with covid-19
Dr Vinod Kumar, the head of MPower-The Centre in Bengaluru (a mental health organisation), is also of the opinion that covid-19 is here to stay and we have gear ourselves to fight against it. 

And this fight is going to be two folds:

1. Physical: Where we need to wear face masks, sanitize our hands, and maintain social distancing.

2. Mental: Where we have to gear up emotionally and mentally so that we can deal with the upcoming changes as life is not going to remain the same as it was.

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Meditation can give you the mental bubble you crave. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

“Even though these perilous times are enforced upon us, they can catapult us back to a spiritual and more balanced way of living. Personally I think it is a great opportunity for all of us to pause and reconnect with our true spiritual self and nature ultimately,” he says.

Vaccine might be the big relief for all of us
The only ray of hope in our lives is Bharat Biotech which is creating the vaccine for coronavirus in India. Maybe it can bring some normalcy into our lives.

(With inputs from Reuters)

1 Comment

  1. This appears to be the truth as on now. Immunity boosters (and masks/social distancing too) may be the only face saving medicines till vaccine is discovered.

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