More than half of humanity has been put under some form of lockdown since the coronavirus crisis began in January [NEXU Science Communication via Reuters]

The coronavirus could become endemic like HIV and populations around the world will have to learn to live with it, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Wednesday.

As some countries begin gradually easing lockdown restrictions, the WHO said COVID-19 may never be wiped out entirely.


“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. HIV has not gone away, but we have come to terms with the virus,” WHO emergencies expert Mike Ryan told an online briefing.


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