WHO predicts a “new reality” after overcoming the Covid-19 crisis, as the virus will not disappear

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A woman puts on a mask after receiving it from Civil Protection at the entrance to the subway, the day on which non-essential work activity is reactivated in companies whose employees cannot telework when it is one month after the start of the decreed state of alarm as a consequence of the coronavirus, in Seville (Andalusia, Spain), on April 13, 2020.

David Nabarro, the special envoy of the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, for Covid-19 has assured this Monday that the population will need to get used to a “new reality” once the health crisis is over. caused by Covid-19, since the virus “will not disappear”.

Nabarro has given an interview to the BBC in which he has indicated that society must begin to assimilate the “new reality” that a virus like Covid-19 has meant for everyone.

Without a vaccine yet, the WHO expert has stressed the need to “be prepared” to “defend the most vulnerable” and “learn how to interrupt transmission.”

“This virus will not disappear. We do not know if people who have had the virus remain immune and we do not know when we will have a vaccine,” he told Radio 4, of the British public channel.

“I am sure that some form of facial protection will become the norm, among other things to reassure people, but that does not mean that you can do what you want when you are wearing a mask,” he added.

The widespread use of masks has generated some controversy, since the medical and health services around the world have presented significant shortcomings at times to be able to supply this type of material to their professionals.

That is why the WHO has preferred not to recommend a massive use of this type of protection, except in case you are a carrier of the disease or are in direct contact with any of these infected people.

The new coronavirus, which emerged five months ago in the Chinese city of Wuhan, has affected nearly 2 million people, while it has already killed nearly 200,000. The United States is the country with the most infections, more than 580,000 and the one with the most fatalities so far, close to 23,700.

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