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WHO warns it could take up to 5 years before the coronavirus pandemic is under control

From May 2014. I’ve been thinking this thing was probably going to drag on for years to come. That’s how it was with the Spanish Flu, which lasted for two years, and COVID-19 may last longer because there are more people now and the population is more mobile.

By Sam Meredith


  • Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, the World Health Organization’s chief scientist, told the Financial Times’ Global Boardroom webinar on Wednesday: “I would say in a four to five-year timeframe, we could be looking at controlling this.”
  • To date, more than 4.3 million people have contracted the Covid-19 infection, with 297,465 deaths worldwide, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
  • In recent weeks, some countries have sought to gradually relax restrictions, allowing some shops and factories to reopen.


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