Coronavirus is here to stay, will not go away completely: WHO

Coronavirus is here to stay, will not go away completely: WHO

The way the novel coronavirus pandemic is developing shows that the virus will never be completely gone, Melita Vujnovic, the WHO’s representative in Russia, said on Sunday.

The virus will be transmitted as an endemic disease, TASS news agency quoted Vujnovic as saying on the Soloviev Live YouTube channel.

“Coronavirus is on the way to become an endemic disease. That means it will not go away. But we have to learn how to treat it and protect ourselves from it. Most importantly, we have to prevent the outbreak of infection. It is needed. Now and reduce the number of people affected by it. Otherwise, new forms will emerge unexpectedly,” she said.

In addition, Vujnovic noted that the evidence indicates that the Omicron variant is less severe than in other strains. However, its dangers should not be underestimated, and it is too early for humanity to rest, she said.

“There is now evidence that Omicron seems to be less severe than (previous variants), but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be taken seriously. Coronavirus infection can have very serious consequences,” she said.

“In addition to vaccination, it is now extremely important to follow other safety measures: wearing a face mask and changing it at recommended intervals, ventilating rooms and avoiding large groups of people in confined spaces. This is very important,” Vujnovic said. .

Meanwhile, Russia recorded 27,179 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, taking the nationwide tally to 10,774,304, the official Monitoring and Response Center said on Sunday.

The nationwide death toll rose by 723 to 320,634.

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