The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of a “very long” coronavirus pandemic. The WHO emergency committee expects the pandemic to “last for a very long time,” the organization said in Geneva on Saturday – six months after it announced the international emergency. The danger from Covid-19 is still “very high”. Therefore, the Emergency Committee emphasized that there must be a “national, regional and global response” to the pandemic.
At the same time, the committee warned of the danger that the “socio-economic pressure” could lead to fatigue in the measures to combat the virus. It also asked WHO to accelerate research into the virus. So its origin and possible transmission routes through animals would have to be clarified. However, other as yet unknown points such as the various transmission options, potential mutations and immunity would have to be researched.
The committee advised in Geneva for around six hours. Some of its 18 members and twelve advisors were connected via video. The committee plans to meet again in three months.
According to an AFP count based on official sources, around 17.5 million people worldwide have been infected with the novel corona virus to date. More than 680,000 people have already died as a result of the infection.