The World Health Organization (WHO) official believes that the SARS-CoV-2 virus will never completely disappear, based on the evolution of the pandemic over the past time.
Speaking on Soloviev Live YouTube channel on January 16, WHO Representative in Russia Melita Vujnovic said that the way the Covid-19 pandemic develops shows that the SARS-CoV-2 virus will never completely disappear, instead there it will circulate as an endemic disease.
“Covid-19 is on its way to becoming an endemic disease. This means it won’t go away. But we’ve learned how to treat it and how to protect ourselves from the virus. The most important thing is that we all get along. It is necessary to stop the outbreak of infections now and reduce the number of people who are vulnerable to the virus. Otherwise, new strains will emerge in an unpredictable direction,” Ms. Vujnovic said.
The WHO official said that it is still too early for the world to “let go” of the pandemic.
“In addition to vaccination, the most important thing now is to adhere to other protective measures: wear masks and change masks at recommended intervals, ventilate rooms and avoid large crowds in spaces. narrow. This is very important,” added Ms. Vujnovic.
More than 2 years since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, the world is still struggling to cope with a new outbreak due to the emergence of new strains. The Omicron mutation discovered at the end of 2021 is causing the number of new infections in many parts of the world to spike, posing great challenges to the health system.
According to a study by scientists in Hong Kong, compared to the Delta variant, Omicron can replicate 70 times faster in the upper respiratory tract, leading to a higher risk of spreading. US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy on January 16 warned that the next few weeks will be a “very difficult” time as the number of Covid-19 cases will continue to increase due to the spread of the Omicron variant. Murthy said the US currently records about 800,000 new infections every day.
Amid the Omicron outbreak, the US recorded a total of 2,596 Covid-19-related deaths and about 874,000 infections across the country on January 13, an increase of nearly eight times from a month earlier. Although Mr. Murthy did not make a prediction about the number of infected people the US could record in the near future, but emphasized “the most important role of vaccines” in reducing deaths and hospitalizations.
Early studies indicate that, despite being more contagious, Omicron seems to cause milder symptoms than other strains of SARS-CoV-2. Since Omicron appears to pose less of a risk of serious illness than Delta, the emergence of this variant has raised hopes that this will be the start of a trend towards viruses becoming milder, like colds. usually, common, normal. Some scientists even believe that Omicron could mark the end of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“2022 is the year the Covid-19 pandemic may end. Now we have the tools that can reduce the severity of this disease,” said Maria Van Kerkhove, Technical Lead in charge of Covid. -19 of the World Health Organization (WHO). This prediction is based on the calculation that, by mid-2022, all countries have achieved vaccination rates of at least 70%.
Moderna’s chairman and co-founder, Noubar Afeyan, recently predicted that ” 2022 could be the year when the pandemic enters the endemic phase, but that depends on what happens in reality. and decisions are made around the world”.