The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the the deadly covid-19 “may never go away.”

According to BBC, WHO emergencies director, Dr Mike Ryan who spoke at a briefing on Wednesday, warned against trying to predict when the virus would disappear.

Speaking further, he said, even if a vaccine is found, controlling the virus will require a “massive effort”.

On the deaths and casualties, almost 300,000 people worldwide are reported to have died with coronavirus, and more than 4.3m cases recorded.

Meanwhile, the UN warned that the pandemic was causing widespread distress and mental ill health – particularly in countries where there’s a lack of investment in mental healthcare.

The renowned organisation urged governments to make mental health considerations part of their overall response.

Dr Ryan also said:

“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,”

“HIV has not gone away – but we have come to terms with the virus.”

Laying more emphasis on his claims, Dr Ryan then said he doesn’t believe “anyone can predict when this disease will disappear.”