People may need to wear masks and maintain social distance for several years. Mary Ramsay, the head of the immunization department of the Department of Public Health of England, shared this forecast. Her words are quoted by the BBC.
Ramsay noted that people are already accustomed to wearing masks and maintaining social distance. According to the epidemiologist, these measures also do not have a negative impact on the economy, in contrast to tougher restrictions such as lockdowns.
“So I think that, of course, [these measures will continue] for at least a few years, until people in other countries are as well vaccinated as we are, and until incidence rates drop everywhere. … In other words, until we can very gradually return to normal life, ”predicted Ramzi.
Earlier, the head of the Regional Office for Europe of the World Health Organization (WHO) Hans Kluge said that the coronavirus pandemic will last all 2021, but it can be expected to end by early 2022. He warned that this does not mean the complete disappearance of the virus.