More than a year has passed since start of the pandemic. At the end of December 2019, China informed the World Health Organization (WHO) of a series of cases of a strange pneumonia. A few weeks later, millions of people were confined in the city of Wuhan, and the rest is history.
SARS-CoV-2 is still with us, despite the development of several vaccines to combat it. How long will it be? It’s hard to foresee, although the WHO regional director for Europe, Hans kluge, has ventured. “No one can precede the course of the pandemic, but I would say, as assumption in which one works, the beginning of the year 2022. The virus will still be out there, but I don’t think disruptive measures are needed. It’s an optimistic message“, he assures in an interview for the Danish television DR.
In his speech, the WHO director affirms that we will follow all this year 2021 with the pandemic very presentAlthough it will be more bearable than in 2020, when it took us by surprise. “2021 will be another pandemic year with COVID-19, but I’d say more predictable, more manageable. In 2020 we did not know anything, we had no information. Only, the measurements: washing hands, social distancing, and wearing a mask“.
The advancement of new mutations
The international body, in recent weeks, has been concerned about the new mutations arisen. Not for the fact itself, because “they are the normal evolution of the virus, which tries to adapt to its hosts “, but because of its rapid spread throughout the world.
“It is not a new virus, it is not a new pandemic, but of course we are especially concerned because it spreads so fast, the efficiency of vaccines must be monitored. But we don’t change the vaccine strategy. If its effectiveness drops, you can adapt without the need for completely new technology“.
To do this, Kluge advises, speed when detecting them is a vital weapon to be in control of the pandemic. “We see these mutations all the time, what we must do is look at the short term and detect very quickly, as Denmark is doing, because they spread very fast and you have to see the effect of the vaccine. Speed is our best friend in fighting the pandemic. “