WHO: Coronavirus here forever now

Thanks, Xi Jinping:

The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 could become endemic like HIV, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, warning against any attempt to predict how long it would keep circulating and calling for a “massive effort” to counter it.

“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,” WHO emergencies expert Mike Ryan told an online briefing.

“I think it is important we are realistic and I don’t think anyone can predict when this disease will disappear,” he added. “I think there are no promises in this and there are no dates. This disease may settle into a long problem, or it may not be.”

However, he said the world had some control over how it coped with the disease, although this would take a “massive effort” even if a vaccine was found — a prospect he described as a “massive moonshot”.

In short, the CCP’s mishandling of the virus has just materially knocked the global life expectancy for the foreseeable future.

David Llewellyn-Smith


  1. Sooooooooooo

    Does this mean lockdown was a waste of time?
    Extinction is impossible
    Hammer and dance has also been abandoned by the panic merchants here (waste of time since ventilation makes things worse anyway)

    Hate to say I told you so

    • bhandleyMEMBER

      Dictionary definition: “disease” – a disorder of structure or function in a human, animal, or plant, especially one that produces specific symptoms or that affects a specific location and is not simply a direct result of physical injury.

      From the WHO: COVID-19 is a disease caused by a new strain of coronavirus. ‘CO’ stands for corona, ‘VI’ for virus, and ‘D’ for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as ‘2019 novel coronavirus’ or ‘2019-nCoV.’

      A virus reprograms our cells to produce more virus.

  2. Denis413MEMBER

    A slight difference to walking down the street and unsuspectingly breathing in an infected molecule and catching coronavirus vs. how HIV is generally contracted…

  3. Once the virus made it’s way from animals into humans, given how virulent it is, it was guaranteed to spread around the world. No matter how well it was handled. The only solution is to minimise the risk of jumping to humans in the first place.

  4. Jumping jack flash

    On the brighter side, the amount of money needed for retirement will substantially decrease!

    My paltry amount of super may actually see me out now!

    The problem of pensions is effectively solved now, too.
    Whew! Governments all over the world were shaking in their boots and wringing their hands about how they were going to be able to pay the retired population.

    • that is happening already as doctors learn more about the disease (not virus) …
      it turns out that putting people on ventilators was increasing mortality, putting them on a side with just oxygen supply is already making things better
      also drugs used now are more suitable and effective, steroids are being used to prevent immune overreaction and flooding of lungs, and blood thinners are being used to prevent blood cloths … in hospitals that do similar protocols results are much better with very few even elderly dying

  5. In short, the CCP’s mishandling of the virus has just materially knocked the global life expectancy for the foreseeable future.

    how is this conclusion following from the news?

    The virus will affect life expectancy of those who are old and frail and have no immunity to the virus (had no chance to gain immunity while young and healthy).
    but this virus will not affect life expectancy of those who are young and healthy – they’ll just get infected and gain some kind of immunity that will either make it impossible to get sick ever again, even when old and frail (like measles or rubella) or create cellular (cell-mediated) immunity that will make all subsequent infections mild or asymptomatic (like most of herpes viruses e.g. varicella or herpes simplex, or like other coronaviruses i.e. common colds).

    What WHO is saying is: this is just another common cold virus that will make no difference to people in the future and unfortunately those who are old and frail didn’t have a chance to gain immunity so the infection may be fatal.
    It’s like any other childhood disease just new …

    What’s more important is how our suppression strategy looks like in the light of this? It was a total failure because no life is going to be saved at the end but it costed so much …

  6. CCP Pure Evil

    If China didn’t spend December and January lying to its people, lying to the world, arresting whisteblowers, it may have eventually been contained like the original SARS (even though China tried its best to cover it up in the early days).

    Even more bizarre is how China was demanding everyone re-open their borders in early February despite locking down their own internal borders.

    China’s cover ups, its lies, its arresting and disappearing of whisteblowers has led to this global pandemic and this must never be forgotten.

    • it would have been much harder to eradicate this virus (read impossible) even at the early stage because of high percentage of asymptomatic cases and longer incubation period

      that still doesn’t provide any excuse to Chinese government for what they did trying to cover up

      • CCP Pure Evil

        We could have avoided the spread of the virus to every corner of the globe. It could have possibly been contained to Asia as with the original SARS.

        But China was demanding everyone keep their borders open and allow Chinese people into their countries while knowing about the severity of the virus.

        • virus would spread regardless but much slower and in a more controlled fashion, borders would be probably closed and tourism hit but the rest of the worlds economy would have been fine

  7. There’s over a million unidentified viruses in the wild. Wet markets continue to operate. No doubt we will have a bag full of new endemic viruses to watch out for in the future. 100 years from now, kindergarden child probably needs to take 10 different yearly vacine shots just to stay alive.

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