Amidst a global disaster triggered by the novel coronavirus, people have put their faith in various treatments and vaccines that are currently in the works. While some experts believe that the novel virus will go away on its own due to the fact that it becomes weaker and weaker, a lot of people are looking forward to a vaccine and to more treatments that have the ability to eliminate the symptoms of COVID-19.
But now, the WHO released a terrible warning that might shatter a lot of people’s hopes and dreams regarding our ability to go back to a normal life or at least, to something as close to normality as possible.
There’s no silver bullet
NPR.org revealed that despite all the progress that’s been made on a vaccine these days, “there’s no silver bullet at the moment and there might never be,” the World Health Organization’s director-general warned just the other day.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus’ words are marking six months since the WHO declared COVID-19 a public health emergency of international concern.
Tedros said that at that point, on Jan. 30, “there were fewer than 100 cases and no deaths outside of China.” Three months later, the planet had 3 million reported cases of COVID-19 and more than 200,000 deaths, as the website mentioned above noted.
On the other hand, WHO’s messages to the whole world remain the same:
- “Testing, isolating and treating patients, and tracing and quarantining their contacts. Do it all.
- “Inform, empower and listen to communities. Do it all.
- “For individuals, it’s about keeping physical distance, wearing a mask, cleaning hands regularly and coughing safely away from others. Do it all.
- “The message to people and governments is clear: Do it all.”
Just the other day, the US President Donald Trump said that the US could have a vaccine by the end of this year.