The coronavirus pandemic could run its course in less than two years, the head of the World Health Organization said this week. As Anadolu Agency reported, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus appeared on a webinar on Friday and fielded a question about the similarities between the current pandemic and the Spanish Flu pandemic, which lasted from February 1918 to April 1920.
He noted that the contemporary virus is spread more easily due to the greater volume of world travel, but went on to say that modern technologies provide a great advantage in addressing the current pandemic. In all, Ghebreyesus said he believes the coronavirus pandemic may end up following a similar timeline to the Spanish Flu.
"So, it took two years to stop. And in our situation now with more technology and of course we have a disadvantage of globalization, closeness, connectedness but an advantage of better technology, so we hope to finish this pandemic in less than two years," he said.
Among public health experts, there has not been a consensus about how long the current crisis could last, or exactly what measures it will take to bring it to an end. There have been few signs of it slowing down so far. Ghebreyesus pointed out that several countries are seeing new cases of the novel coronavirus after having achieved little or no community transmissions, which he called a "cautionary tale" not to grow complacent or underestimate the power of the virus.
Even if countries make their best effort to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus, Ghebreyesus stated that the situation won't be resolved without a vaccine, and even that won't be enough to end to the crisis on its own. For the pandemic to end, governments will have to make careful, concerted efforts toward a resolution and individuals must be willing to take the proper precautions and follow guidelines.
"To do that, every single person must be involved," he said. "Every single person can make a difference. Every person, family, community, and nation must make their own decisions, based on the level of risk they live in."
As The Inquisitr reported, it is still unclear when a vaccine might be widely available. Researchers at Oxford University working on what is seen as a promising candidate said earlier this year that while they are optimistic about the work, there is still a 50 percent chance that it will fail. Another potential vaccine currently being rolled out in Russia has been met with skepticism, with top White House official Anthony Fauci saying he has doubts about whether it will be effective.