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Still ‘a long way to go’ in coronavirus battle, WHO chief warns

23 Apr 2020

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that coronavirus will be with us for some time to come. “Make no mistake. We have a long way to go,”  said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, World Health Organiation Director-General. 

In a media briefing to update the public on the COVID-19 outbreak held on Wednesday, April 22, WHO stated that coronavirus has lead to a new normal that will reshape how societies co-manage risk and cope with public health for the long-term. 

Coronavirus will be with us for some time to come, said Dr Ghebreyesus. COVID-19 has spread across the globe, and confirmed to have infected more than 2.5 million people and while some countries are still experiencing the early phases of transmission, countries who thought they’d conquered the virus are seeing a resurgence. 

“This virus remains dangerous,” said the Director-General. “Most of the world remains susceptible”. 

Be ready for a new reality and lifestyle  

Talking on the same line, Dr. Sara Al Rawas, Consultant, internal medicine, The Royal Hospital, said that we need to brace ourselves for a long period. “We need to be prepared socially and be ready for a new reality and the lifestyle based on adherence of preventive measures,” she said in an interview.  

The quick preventive measures that were taken helped to reduce the rapid spread of the virus in the sultanate when compared to other countries, she added. “Each virus has its own characteristics, and the two most important characteristics of this virus are the rapid spread and causing deaths. We cannot rely on natural immunity to get rid of it or expect its characteristics to change, or discover a vaccine soon, so as for now, the only solution is social distancing.” 

She believed that it is important to look positively at the current situation and use the time that we have to build our capabilities and skills to invest them after the pandemic. “Dealing with boredom in home isolation is easier than losing someone close.”

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