The WHO on May 13 stop trying to predict how long coronavirus would keep circulating and called for a “massive effort” to overcome it.
1:02:27 Michael Ryan: "This virus may never go away."
“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,” WHO’s emergencies chief, Michael Ryan said.
“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,” he said.
A report by the WHO’s mental health department to the UN warned of another looming crisis: “The isolation, the fear, the uncertainty, the economic turmoil – they all cause or could cause psychological distress,” said the department’s director, Devora Kestel. She said the world could expect to see an upsurge in the severity of mental illness, including amongst children, young people and healthcare workers.
“The mental health and wellbeing of whole societies have been severely impacted by this crisis and are a priority to be addressed urgently,” she said.