GENEVA: The WHO said Friday that coronavirus pandemic effects would last for decades as the situation is sending its top alarms.
Almost 675,000 people have been killed by the virus and more than 17.3 million have been infected worldwide, since it emerged in China last December, according to official sources.
“It’s sobering to think that six months ago, when you recommended I declare a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC), there were less than 100 cases and no deaths outside China.
“The pandemic is a once-in-a-century health crisis, the effects of which will be felt for decades to come,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a meeting yesterday.
Tedros said that early results from serology studies are painting a consistent picture: most of the world’s people remain susceptible to this virus, even in areas that have experienced severe outbreaks.
“Many countries that believed they were past the worst are now grappling with new outbreaks. Some that were less affected in the earliest weeks are now seeing escalating numbers of cases and deaths.
“And some that had large outbreaks have brought them under control,” he added.
However, Tedros urges all the people in all countries to learn how to take safety measures, precautions, and protect themselves.
“Although vaccine development is happening at record speed, we must learn to live with this virus, and we must fight it with the tools we have,” said Tedros.